The East Fortune site is one of the finest preserved examples of a WWII airfield in the UK and the entire site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with no permanent structures added by the museum.
The redevelopment works at the National Museum of Flight were carried out over two phases. Phase One involved the restoration and fit-out of two museum buildings to create 'Fantastic Flight' and 'Fortunes of War' while Phase Two comprised the restoration and reinterpretation of two 1940s Callender-Hamilton aircraft hangars.
The new hangars tell the stories behind one of Europe's best collections of aircraft together with interactive displays, archive footage and interviews with the people who flew and worked with them. More than 30 aircraft are on display with one hangar showcasing military aircraft, including a Spitfire, and the other commercial and leisure aircraft.
"These redeveloped aircraft hangars offer dramatic new experiences for our visitors. Spanning a century of aviation, the displays present our spectacular aircraft in new and dynamic ways, revealing for the first time the engaging stories of some of the people who flew and worked with them."
Dr Gordon Rintoul
director of National Museums Scotland