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Schwarz.13
02-12-2008, 05:42 PM
In 1939 East Fortune became a satellite landing ground for Drem. Two years later the site became a night fighter Officer Training Unit equipped with Beaufighters and Blenheims and in 1942 it assumed a new role for strike training using Beaufighters, Beauforts, Blenheims and Mosquitos. After the war, East Fortune was closed down and was intended for use by the USAF, but it was never used and the site was sold in 1960.

East Fortune airfield (20 miles east of Edinburgh) is now home to the National Museum Of Flight.

For a 'small' museum it has many great exhibits (http://www.nms.ac.uk/ouraircraftlist.aspx)

I was there only briefly today so i only have a few limited pics just now, but if anyone would like to see specific pics of aircraft from the link above then i would be more than happy to return (BTW the Beaufighter is not there at the moment)!

*please excuse some of the photos - little time, new camera and shaky hands*

First the airfield and buildings:
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and the Bus Stop hehe (i literally ran around to take these photos as i could hear the bus coming down the road - there are only a couple buses a day to this place):
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Schwarz.13
02-12-2008, 06:34 PM
And now just a random selection (sorry i had very little time an even less photographic skill) including Spitfire LF Mk.IXVe, Hispano Mk2 Cannon, Me163 Komet, Czech-built MiG 15, Bristol Hercules 100 aero engine and Vulcan:

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I also have several photos of Concorde and her engines which i'll post tomorrow if anyone is interested...

han freak solo
02-12-2008, 09:27 PM
Wow! Love that radial engine!

woofiedog
02-13-2008, 12:24 AM
Excellent photos... you wouldn't happen to know what the missile marks on the Vulcan bombers nose are for?

cawimmer430
02-13-2008, 02:58 AM
Nice pics. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

The airfield has this mysterious "ghost feel" to it that is transmitted in the shots. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

NAFP_supah
02-13-2008, 03:09 AM
Originally posted by woofiedog:
Excellent photos... you wouldn't happen to know what the missile marks on the Vulcan bombers nose are for?

During the falklands war vulcans flew SEAD missons with SHRIKE ARM's, this bird apparently flew two of those missions http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

thefruitbat
02-13-2008, 03:25 AM
Great photos!

One question, does anyone know what the spinner on the front of the me163 does?

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/7276/20080212eastfortune1005yj0.jpg

Looks kinda funny

fruitbat

cawimmer430
02-13-2008, 04:07 AM
Originally posted by thefruitbat:
Great photos!

One question, does anyone know what the spinner on the front of the me163 does?



I think it acted as another source of power for the instruments during flight. The spinning propeller charged some battery that provided power to instruments and other systems if I remember reading this correctly. Don't quote me on that though.

woofiedog
02-13-2008, 06:34 AM
NAFP_supah... Thank's for the info.

A little more of the story behind those markings.

Operation Black Buck (http://www.raf.mod.uk/falklands/bb1.html)

At the time, it was the longest bombing raid in history, covering over 4,000 nautical miles (7,000 km), all of which were conducted over the open sea.

mauld
02-13-2008, 01:31 PM
East fortune related videos

Museum from the air
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFSOSKv6EM4

Video of the Spitfire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtdTaeZadaw

Video of the Me163
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obgFtmqa7PM

P51 Mustand at PFA Strut at East Fortune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e_vZaMwty4

mauld
02-13-2008, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by woofiedog:
Excellent photos... you wouldn't happen to know what the missile marks on the Vulcan bombers nose are for?

Bombing Post Stanley, this aircraft is a Falklands War veteran.

Schwarz.13
02-13-2008, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by woofiedog:
Excellent photos... you wouldn't happen to know what the missile marks on the Vulcan bombers nose are for?


Originally posted by NAFP_supah:
During the falklands war vulcans flew SEAD missons with SHRIKE ARM's, this bird apparently flew two of those missions http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Actually i just found out at work today that this Vulcan is 'Black Buck 6':


'Black Buck 6' flown on 3 June, enjoyed somewhat greater success as it caused damage to a Skyguard fire-control radar. After its inflight-refuelling probe broke the Vulcan had no option but to divert to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where it was interned for some nine days before being released. The aicraft landed in Rio with zero fuel on board. The remaining missile on the Vulcans pylon was not returned with the aircraft and crew.

...and yes as i also found out - the two missile marks on the nose indicate successful 'Shrike' missile attacks on Argentinian radar installations!

Schwarz.13
02-13-2008, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by cawimmer430:
Nice pics. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

The airfield has this mysterious "ghost feel" to it that is transmitted in the shots. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Thanks! I actually missed, due to having less than an hour, a few of the original buildings (as well as the majority of aircraft) including a blast shelter and an air-raid shelter.

I will return there very soon and update this thread with more/better pics of both the airfield and a lot more aircraft (including the Beaufighter, hopefully)...

woofiedog
02-14-2008, 12:32 AM
Interesting history with that Vulcan bomber.

Again... Great photos and Thank's for sharing.

woofiedog
02-14-2008, 01:32 AM
mauld... Excellent videos!

foxyboy1964
02-14-2008, 05:32 AM
Nice one Shwarz. I didn't even know we had a Museum Of Flight in Scotland.

Do you know how long the Vulcan has been there? I took some flying lessons at Edinburgh in the late 80's and I remember flying over a parked Vulcan but I don't recall any runway or airfield buildings. I'm just wondering if it lived somewhere else before being moved there, or maybe I'd have been the worlds worst recon pilot.

dieg777
02-14-2008, 07:40 AM
east fortune from a couple of years ago - if you want to see concorde and do the tour then pre-book as it is very busy

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BillyTheKid_22
02-14-2008, 07:41 AM
Very BEAUTIFUL!~!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

JSG72
02-14-2008, 01:58 PM
Believe it or not/ I stay only 4 miles from East Fortune. Airfield

Haven't been in years. Although it is a great museum. With a great Airshow each year. (Weather permitting.)

I believe the Vulcan was the last plane to actually land on the full runway.

Concorde arrived by Ship and Sled. True!

Dance
02-14-2008, 03:47 PM
Looks very atmospheric, gives me goosebumps looking at the Nissan huts and flakey concrete buildings, almost as cool as the planes themselves, nice pics, thanks.

Schwarz.13
02-14-2008, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by foxyboy1964:
Nice one Shwarz. I didn't even know we had a Museum Of Flight in Scotland.

Do you know how long the Vulcan has been there? I took some flying lessons at Edinburgh in the late 80's and I remember flying over a parked Vulcan but I don't recall any runway or airfield buildings. I'm just wondering if it lived somewhere else before being moved there, or maybe I'd have been the worlds worst recon pilot.

Actually it must be one of the older exhibits - i was last at East Fortune as a very young child (7 maybe - i'm now 32) and the only thing i remember is the Vulcan and how huge it's front wheels were. They must have aquired it pretty soon after the Falklands War!

I was very familiar with the Vulcan too because i grew up in the country in the Scottish Borders and they used to fly around at low-level in vics of threes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

foxyboy1964
02-15-2008, 02:31 PM
Worlds worst recon pilot it is then http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif.

JSG72
02-15-2008, 03:11 PM
I moved to East Linton in Nov.1987 and I think that the Vulcan had just arrived. I recall visiting with my father and grandfather. soon after and remarking that this Vulcan "Had seen some action".

Oh! and the Me 163, must be back because it was missing the last time I was there.