Spitfires, Hurricanes and Typhoons to soar at Scotland's National Airshow

Spitfires, Hurricanes and Typhoons to soar at Scotland's National Airshow

The annual celebration of flight will also feature wing-walkers and a variety of family activities

‘It’s all about the excitement of the aircraft themselves, isn’t it?’ asks Steve McLean, general manager of the National Museum of Flight along the Forth from Edinburgh in East Fortune, on the enduring appeal of an airshow. ‘It’s very rare you can get that close to aircraft because they never fly as low, and at an airshow they really get put through their paces, you get to see what they can do.’

This year’s annual edition of Scotland’s National Airshow will be even bigger and better, says McLean, partly because the Red Arrows will be flying a display overhead, something he’s ‘fantastically pleased about’. This year’s Battle of Britain memorial flight will also be a bit more special than usual. ‘We have a Spitfire and a Hurricane,’ he says, ‘and a Lancaster bomber as well, which we haven’t had in the last five years. There’ll also be an RAF Typhoon, as well as a range of helicopters and some aerobatic display teams, including wing-walkers. There will also be chances to meet many of those involved on the ground.’

Beyond the wealth of interesting things going on in the sky, there’s plenty happening on terra firma, with a family fun-day atmosphere including circus and community events, a pipe band and a bouncy castle. ‘What’s also great is that you have a team of expert commentators,’ says McLean. ‘They’ll tell you what the plane is doing and what the pilot’s thinking, and that’s a big aspect of the museum’s work, to show people what flight is about and what it’s like to fly. At the end of the day, we’d all like to be up in that Typhoon, we know it would be fantastic fun.’

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, near Edinburgh, Sat 26 Jul.

Scotland's National Airshow

Over two hours of high-octane aerial displays ranging from historic warbirds to contemporary military jets. There are also family activities, fairground rides and a chance to chat to pilots and explore the hangers.