Scotland's National Airshow recently took place at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian. The all-day, action-packed event included a spectacular display and those in attendance had the chance to see a Concorde up-close and a Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter, an aircraft made famous by its operations in the Vietnam War. The Airshow began with a performance from the RAF’s supersonic Typhoon team, followed by the amazing Breitling Wingwalkers. Events like this have been made possible thanks to £100,000 funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.
On the ground, the crowds enjoyed a packed programme of entertainment with a science show, music, local crafts and delicious food and drink. Concorde pilot Tony Yule and world-record-breaking balloonist Brian Jones enthralled visitors with tales of their aerial adventures. People visiting the Museum of Flight were also invited to explore the hangars and examine spectacular aircraft.
National Museums of Scotland kindly offered some free tickets to the team at People's Postcode Lottery and we ran a competition that gave away family passes to our lucky winners.Thomas Murphy, Graphic Designer at People's Postcode Lottery, had a wonderful time with his family at the event: "We had an excellent day. My son Sam got to sit in a US Army jeep and eat ice-cream. The weather was great and the display was fantastic, especially the Wingwalkers and the Euro Fighter."
Maria McMahon, Social Media Manager at People's Postcode Lottery, also attended the event: "The Airshow was a great day out. The exhibits at the National Museum of Flight were really interesting, and it was great to see such a wide variety of old and new aircraft displayed. We also enjoyed the many community booths, especially the community crafts tent. Last but definitely not least, seeing the aerial demonstration portion of the show was impressive and fun! I especially enjoyed the Wingwalkers and the Typhoon fighter jet."
National Museums Scotland preserve, interpret and present the cultures of Scotland and other nations. The National Museum of Flight is just one of five museums operated by this fantastic organisation, the others being the National Museum of Scotland, the National War Museum, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National Museums Collections Centre. As well as museums and collections, National Museums Scotland run numerous research programmes and educational activities to spread knowledge and encourage learning.