Museum set to look to the skies

Wingwalkers Team Breitling.
Wingwalkers Team Breitling.

Tickets are now on sale for one of Scotland’s premier summer events – the National Museum of Flight Airshow at East Fortune on Saturday, July 23.

With a new flight team at the helm to organise the day’s adrenalin-fuelled aerial entertainment, this year’s airshow display will include aircraft that have never displayed in Scotland before and a further four that are new to the National Museum of Flight.

Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES), a department of Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE), who organise the Royal International Air Tattoo, have been appointed to organise this year’s flight programme. The ATES team has already secured an impressive line-up of aircraft for the airshow, which attracts around 10,000 visitors every year to the museum’s East Lothian home.

So far, the airshow’s aerial line-up this year includes Team Breitling with its Boeing Stearman bi-planes and beautiful, death-defying female wingwalkers, as well as an appearance by a Sea King helicopter similar to those piloted by Prince William in his search and rescue missions.

There is also the super-fast, brightly-coloured Hawker Hunter military jet, Seahawk and Seafire fighter planes, the Pitts Special high performance aircraft and the formation display team, Twister Duo. A first for Scotland is the event’s OV-10 Bronco, an aircraft originally designed for American use in Vietnam. Other aircraft displaying at East Fortune for the first time include a Bucker Jungmann bi-plane - the German equivalent to the Tiger Moth, a De Havilland Dragon, a Jet Provost training aircraft, and aerobatic display team the RV8tors.

On the ground, family entertainment includes The Clan BMX Stunt cycle team, Uprising from North Berwick with their skateboarding talents and Stepping Out, a 14 foot yurt for storytelling.

The event also features art and craft stalls, a fun fair, the Haddington Pipe Band, fire engines, and cockpits to view as well as a host of food and drink stalls.

All of the National Museum of Flight’s hangars will be open for visitors to explore with highlights including supersonic icon Concorde and Fantastic Flight, which is packed with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and family fun.

The airshow at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune takes place on Saturday, July 23, from 10am until 5pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. For more information visit www.nms.ac.uk