THE National Museum of Flight this week marked the 40th anniversary of Concorde’s first commercial flight with a special Burns-themed tribute.
The G-BOAA plane, housed at the East Fortune attraction in East Lothian, was the first aircraft in the BA Concorde fleet to begin commercial passenger flights, when on January 21, 1976 it flew from London to Bahrain.
On board was a haggis bound for the country’s Scots community to help celebrate Burns Night.
The museum is currently undergoing a £3.6 million restoration and redevelopment of two Second Word War hangars, which will open on Good Friday. That day will also see the unveiling of an £80,000 investment in the museum’s Concorde exhibition.
And while the museum as a whole looks to its future, there is plenty in its history worth talking about.
In 1984, crowds gathered at East Fortune for a close look at a Vulcan B2 Bomber as made its final landing at the museum following an outing in the Falklands War.
Twenty years earlier, the site had been used as a temporary airport for Edinburgh, with air traffic controllers setting up shop in a renovated control tower.
More recently, the planes at the Museum of Flight were undergoing a good cleaning ahead of a new season in March 1992.