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Aircraft

We have an extensive selection of aircraft to view at the museum, including wartime assault gliders, our film star Trident airliner, supersonic Lightning and Draken fighters, and of course Scotland’s only Battle of Britain veteran Spitfire. Here is a potted history of each of our aircraft.

 
 

Airspeed Horsa

The most successful British glider of World War two was the Airspeed Horsa, which first flew in September 1941.

Hawker Siddeley Trident

The Trident was originally developed as a short-to-medium range airliner for British European Airlines (BEA) by de Havilland as the D. H. 121

Saab Draken

The SAAB Draken was a Swedish supersonic single-seat fighter aircraft, first flown in October 1955.

Scottish Aviation Jetstream

The Jetstream was originally designed by Handley Page Ltd., but construction work was taken over by Scottish Aviation when Handley Page went bankrupt in 1970.

Waco CG-4A Hadrian

The CG-4A was the standard US Airborne Forces assault glider in World War Two. It was named Hadrian by the British.

English Electric Canberra

Developed by English Electric in the late 1940’s as one of the first jet powered bombers for the RAF, the Canberra was one of Britain’s great aviation success stories.

Fairey Gannet

The Fairey Gannet was an anti-submarine warfare aircraft designed for use by the Royal Navy.

Blackburn Buccaneer

The Buccaneer resulted from a 1950s Royal Navy requirement (NA39) for a sub-sonic, strike/attack aircraft capable of delivering conventional and nuclear payloads at ultra-low level from both aircraft carriers and land bases. It first flew in 1958.

Jet Provost

The Jet Provost was developed from the Hunting-Percival Piston Provost to meet an RAF requirement for a low cost jet trainer.

Westland Wessex

The Westland Wessex was developed from the American Sikorsky S58 by replacing the original piston engine with a British-developed turboshaft engine.

English Electric Lightning

The English Electric Lightning is a single seat, twin jet engined, all weather fighter/interceptor – the last pure interceptor type of aircraft designed and built entirely within the UK.

Spitfire

Find out more about the famous Loch Doon Spitfire, including its involvement in the Battle of Britain and the recovery and restoration after it was traced and rescued from Loch Doon.

Dassault Mystere

The Dassault Mystere was a 1950’s French fighter developed from the Ouragon aircraft.

General Aircraft Hotspur

Although a replica Hotspur is displayed at the Museum of Army Flying, our cockpit section is the only remaining original section of a Hotspur left.

General Dynamics F-111

The F111 entered service with the USAF in 1967 as a fast, swing-wing tactical attack and interdictor aircraft.

Gloster Meteor

The Gloster Meteor was developed as Britain’s first jet powered fighter and first took to the skies on 5 March 1943, with 616 Squadron becoming operational with type in July 1944.

Lockheed T-33

The P/F-80 Shooting Star was the first jet fighter in United States service. While its origins go back to 1944 it saw no service in WWll.

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer

The Twin Pioneer was built by Scottish Aviation at Prestwick as a STOL (short take off / landing) transport aircraft for the RAF.

Hawker Hunter

Hawker’s design P1067, known as the Hunter, first flew in July 1951 but the first aircraft did not arrive in RAF service until 1954.

North American F-100 Super Sabre

The North American F-100 Super Sabre (nicknamed The Hun) was the first of the Century series of fighters developed by America during the Cold War.

Bristol Sycamore

The Sycamore was the first all-British designed helicopter to fly, making its first flight in July 1947.

 
 
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