Thousands flock to high-flying East Fortune airshow

Museum of Flight airshow
Museum of Flight airshow

A CROWD of over 11,500 spectators flocked to the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune on Saturday for the attraction’s annual airshow.

A combination of fine weather and an aerial entertainment line-up that included a number of acts never-before seen at East Fortune, and one that had never previously displayed north of the border, meant that visitor numbers were up on last year’s impressive 10,000 figure.

Highlights this year included a Huey helicopter – a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter, which performed a search and rescue demonstration. The event also featured the breathtaking Team Breitling wingwalkers, a Skyraider single-seat attack bomber and a super-fast Hawker Hunter jet. The British aerobatic champion, Gerald Cooper, also amazed the crowds with his impressive aerobatic manoeuvres in his Edge 360 aircraft.

Visitors were treated to a host of family entertainment on the ground and the event also provided an ideal opportunity for visitors to see the museum’s fascinating exhibits.

Grant MacKenzie, general manager, National Museum of Flight said; “We were delighted with the success of this year’s airshow, which wowed the crowds. An incredible amount of work goes into making this event a success and we would like to thank everyone involved, from emergency services and East Lothian Council to the various airport and flight support services as well as our staff and our exceptionally dedicated team of volunteers. They all contributed to making this year’s event one of the best ever.”

The museum is currently open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm, and weekends from November to March.

The next major event at the museum is Magnificent Machines which takes place on September 24 and 25 and includes amazing monster trucks as well as other large vehicles and classic cars.