APSS History

  The society was founded in 1973 and at that time was called the Aircraft Preservation Society of Scotland. It was started by a few enthusiasts who got together and held the first AGM in 1973.

East Fortune became a base for these early members and they worked with, and helped, the National Museums of Scotland, based in Edinburgh, to set up a Museum of Flight on the site.

Over the years a number of projects were started, both for the Museum and for APSS. As aviation interests broadened the name was changed to the Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland and this reflected, until recently, interests which range from aircraft construction ( Sopwith Strutter), airframe conservation for NMS, Radar and Radio display to Historical Research.

In November 2016 APSS was informed that they were required to leave the National Museum of Flight, after 44 years, and find a new home. We moved out in March 2018. Our new home is at Congalton Gardens, North Berwick, EH39 5JP.

A more detailed description of the society's early history is contained in an article "The Scottish Aviation Preservation Society, 30 Years of Aviation Preservation at East Fortune Airfield" written by Jim Mattocks for the APSS magazine Fortune Teller, Issue No. 11, Summer, 2003.  - note that this is a PDF document.



The APSS is a registered charity in Scotland, charity No. SC048150
A member of Aviation Heritage UK