S Form visit to The National Museum of Flight
After a prompt getaway yesterday morning, S Form hopped onto the coach for the drive to the National Museum of Flight in North Berwick. It was very windy when we arrived so we quickly retreated to a shelter that had been turned into a mini classroom.
We had an informative presentation from Mr Jones, our guide for the day, on the original use of the airfield in World War Two.
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The collections at the museum date back to 1909 when the Royal Scottish Museum acquired a Hawk glider. The collection expanded significantly in 1981 as a result of the auction of the Strathallan Collection of aircraft, and again in 2006 with the donation of much of the British Airways Collection. A £3.6 million project was completed in 2016, installing heating and insulation to the hangers for the first time since they were built in 1940.
Grabbing time for a biscuit break, we ventured out into the wind and headed to a hanger full of planes, from the Spitfire to the Tornado. We stopped for lunch and then went to an activity workshop where we learnt how planes were designed and what it took to be a pilot. We were shown a video about life on the base during World War Two and noticed that there was a lot of cycling involved!
Lastly we were allowed into the Concorde Exhibit and onto the Concorde jet itself. We were amazed by the amount of buttons and switches on show in the cockpit. We thanked Mr Jones for a fantastic trip and jumped onto the coach back to school.