National Museum of Flight – East Fortune Airfield – Scotland


Zeppelin Monument in front of a barrack – the RAF East Fortune Airfield

Royal Air Force East Fortune

Or RAF East Fortune was a fighter station during the Great War, designated as a Fighter and Airship airfield. After the First World War the airfield was disbanded, the RAF buildings were broken down and parts of the land were sold. When World War Two set in the airfield was reactivated, buildings and hangars rebuild and the site was used for night fighter training purpose for pilots and ground personnel at first. Later in the war, when the Luftwaffe turned its attention on Russia and the Mediterranean, the nightly bombardments became less, daytime and coastal attack training was conducted by the RAF at the airfield.

Baracks and Buildings and Hangars at the RAF East Fortune Airfield
Baracks and Buildings and Hangars at the RAF East Fortune Airfield
Parachute Store - Museum of Flight
Parachute Store – Museum of Flight

After World War Two the airfield had a role during the cold war for the United States Air Force, but is was never used by the USAF. In 1960 the airfield was shut down but the hospital was in use until 1985.

General Aircraft Cygnet flown by Guy Gibson leader of the Dam Buster Attack
General Aircraft Cygnet flown by Guy Gibson leader of the Dam Buster Attack
Bristol Bolingbroke – Museum of Flight Scotland
Bristol Bolingbroke – Museum of Flight Scotland
Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe – Museum of Flight
Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe – Museum of Flight
Cockpit Photo Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe – Courtesy of Museum of Flight
Rolls Royce Merlin engine used in the Suppermarine Spitfire
Rolls Royce Merlin engine used in the Suppermarine Spitfire
Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a
Ruhrstahl Fritz X Guided Bomb – Museum of Flight
Avro Vulcan - Museum of Flight
Avro Vulcan – Museum of Flight

The National Museum of Flight

The museum opened its doors in 1976 on the former RAF Airfield, today the buildings are in use to display civil planes and planes from both World Wars, the Cold War, the Falklands War and more. Besides the aircraft there are multiple items used by pilots and ground personnel on display. For the kids there are interactive games, trails to follow and more.

Zeppelin / Airship Monument

R34 Zeppelin Monument – the RAF East Fortune Airfield
Airship mooring block used to secure the Zeppelins – the RAF East Fortune Airfield
Airship items - Museum of Flight Scotland
Airship items – Museum of Flight Scotland

Rolf Niehoff

Rolf Niehoff was a Luftwaffe navigator and captain of the first enemy aircraft to crash on British soil in the Second World War. His Heinkel He 111 was shot down by a Scottish Spitfire squadron on October the 28th in 1939. The German bomber crash landed killing two of the crew, Rolf Niehoff and his pilot became prisoners of war.

Rolf Niehoff - Museum of Flight Scotland
Rolf Niehoff – Museum of Flight Scotland

Visit

On the website of the museum you can find opening times, entree fees, maps and other useful information.

The Concord – Courtesy of John Pape



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