Thousands flock to East Fortune’s annual Airshow

Over 11,000 visitors flocked to the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune on Saturday for Scotland’s Airshow.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st July 2013, 12:12 pm
East Fortune Air Show at the National Mueseum of Flight
East Fortune Air Show at the National Mueseum of Flight

Spectators enjoyed a series thrilling aerial displays given by a host of aircraft ranging from the RAF’s supersonic Typhoon jet and Team Breitling with its all-female wingwalking team to the SWIP team Twister Duo and the Trig Aerobatic team which gave amazing displays of close-formation flying.

The ever-popular event also featured a Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as well as a Bell UH1 Huey helicopter, an aircraft made famous by its operations in the Vietnam War.

On the ground, the crowds enjoyed a packed programme of entertainment with storytelling, a science show, music, local crafts and delicious food and drink.

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Concorde pilot Tony Yule and world-recordbreaking balloonist Brian Jones also enthralled visitors with tales of their aerial adventures and the National Museum of Flight hangars were open for people to enjoy throughout the day.

Steve McLean, general manager, National Museum of Flight said; “We’re delighted that this year’s Airshow provided so much enjoyment for the thousands of people who attended.

“This was the Museum’s 16th Airshow and it’s a huge team effort to pull everything together.

“We’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the event such a success, from the emergency services and our dedicated team of volunteers to the flight support services at Edinburgh Airport and Archerfield Airfield, East Lothian Council and our staff here at the Museum.

“Special thanks this year also go to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery who supported the event and have helped to continue its reputation as one of Scotland’s best days out.”

Kate Pearson, trusts manager, People’s Postcode Lottery said; “Players of People’s Postcode Lottery were delighted to support National Museums Scotland in their production of the Airshow.

“It was a fantastic event and it was great that so many players of People’s Postcode Lottery could head along and enjoy the day.