Collections: The Riches of East Fortune

Collections: The Riches of East Fortune

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East Fortune houses space hardware too, including a section of Blue Streak, the first stage of the Europa rocket, which was designed to launch nuclear weapons but was ultimately developed to boost satellites (a job it never got to do).

Outside, a de Havilland Comet, which is often open for tours, and an Avro Vulcan rest on a long-abandoned taxiway. The two aircraft serve as lonely sentinels, guarding the old hangars until next year’s Festival of Flight and fly-in bring the drone of engines back to East Fortune.

—John Sotham

** Editor's Note: Revised on 4/12/10 to correct Hess' flight destination from England to

About John Sotham
John Sotham

A former associate editor of Air & Space, John Sotham is a hopelessly nearsighted frequent flyer, with thousands of hours logged in exit rows worldwide. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel and a former crew chief on the F-4D Phantom II and A-10A “Warthog.” He started collecting aviation books when he was eight years old. Any opinions expressed are solely the author’s.

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