National Museum of Flight has unique kite collection

Kite flying at the National Museum of Flight
Kite flying at the National Museum of Flight

Kites from around the world will be flying high this half term at East Fortune’s National Museum of Flight.

Every day until Sunday, February 16, visitors can try their hand at making a kite or hot air balloon and learning to fly it, and marvel at the static display of beautiful kites from the European Air Gallery.

The Edo Kites in this collection are unique, each painted by a different artist, such as Kaffe Fassett.

Tours departing at 12pm and 2pm will offer visitors a rare chance to see the East Fortune Airfield Control Tower which dates from the Second World War.

The Museum’s hangars will be open for visitors to enjoy the attraction’s popular Fantastic Flight gallery with its hands-on, interactive exhibits, and explore the aviation collections.

Half term activities at the National Museum of Flight run until Sunday, February 16, from 10am until 4pm.

Last weekend visitors were treated to impressive displays of kite-flying from the North East Kite Fliers. Taking to the sky were the Sunderland Friendship Kite whose tail is the longest in Europe at 100 metres in length, as well as eye-catching inflatable kites in the shapes of animals, fish and birds, each around 6 metres wide.

There was also be a choreographed display of five stunt kites flown together in time to music.