Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Home of the first operational military air station in Great Britain. The Heritage Centre is run entirely by volunteers who keep its amazing history alive.
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Britain’s first operational military airfield was set up in Montrose by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913. The heritage centre's collection of photographs and artefacts tell the story of RFC/RAF Montrose through the words and deeds of the men and women who served here through two world wars, bringing the airfield alive and sparking the enthusiasm and admiration of generations for whom the First and Second Wars exists only in others’ memories.

07/01/2020
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Nothing better to cheer up a damp and dismal January day than a reminder of the fantastic Freedom of Angus parade in July of 2019.

Thanks to Braemar Media for sharing.

#royalairforce #marchingband #proud

No. II (AC) Squadron Royal Air Force, led by the Central Band of the RAF, march through Montrose, Angus on Friday 26 July 2019. This was in celebration of their Freedom of Angus and close links between the town and RAF. Angus Council . RAF Lossiemouth . Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Royal Air Force

Fantastic images of No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps at Montrose from 1913.#rfc #montrose #sportsday #football #aviation...
06/01/2020

Fantastic images of No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps at Montrose from 1913.

#rfc #montrose #sportsday #football #aviation #avgeek

OPEN FOR BUSINESSWhilst our Reception and Shop are in the middle of a major refurbishment we are still open for business...
04/01/2020

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Whilst our Reception and Shop are in the middle of a major refurbishment we are still open for business.

Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

Come along and be amongst our first visitors of 2020.

#stillopen #openforbusiness

Our thanks to Adventures Around Scotland - Scotland Travel Blog for visiting our Air Station and leaving such glowing co...
02/01/2020
Things to do in Montrose

Our thanks to Adventures Around Scotland - Scotland Travel Blog for visiting our Air Station and leaving such glowing comments.

My recommended things to do and places to visit in and around the town of Montrose in Scotland.

Our volunteers have been hard at work over the Festive period giving our Reception and Shop a major upgrade ready for 20...
02/01/2020

Our volunteers have been hard at work over the Festive period giving our Reception and Shop a major upgrade ready for 2020.

We'll be open again in the New Year with lots of exciting new merchandise. More details to follow soon.

#shop #merchandise #newlook #excitingtimes

On Sunday afternoon we were delighted to host a group of aviation photographers, organised by Gill and Berry from Squadr...
30/12/2019

On Sunday afternoon we were delighted to host a group of aviation photographers, organised by Gill and Berry from Squadron Prints. It was superb to have so many aircraft enthusiasts on site and we thank everyone and Squadron Prints for their generous donation of £500.

We are now in the early stages of preparing a period costume photoshoot in May 2020. More details will be following soon.

#photography #montrose #aviation #avgeek #thankyou

As we share a scene of aircrew from Montrose Air Station celebrating Christmas Day 101 years ago, we would like to thank...
24/12/2019

As we share a scene of aircrew from Montrose Air Station celebrating Christmas Day 101 years ago, we would like to thank our skilled volunteers for their dedication over the last 12 months.

We would also like to thank the community of Montrose, all of our visitors and followers for your support during a hugely successful 2019.

The next 12 months promises a host of new developments and exhibits and we look forward to you visiting our Museum and following us across social media as we continue to tell the story of aviation in Scotland.

A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

Stuart Archibald
Chairman – Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

#christmas #newyear

CAN YOU HELP WITH A HISTORY PROJECT?Would you like to help our team here at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre in tran...
18/12/2019

CAN YOU HELP WITH A HISTORY PROJECT?

Would you like to help our team here at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre in transcribing the diaries of Lieutenant Colonel Charles James Burke DSO?

He was a soldier, pilot, military aviation visionary and pioneer and was Commanding Officer of No.2 Squadron RFC whilst at Montrose.

Although we have a typed copy of Burke's original diaries covering 1914 to 1916 we are aiming to have a new digital version. If you would like to help or know someone who would be interested please let us know by messaging us.

His diaries can be viewed at http://rafmontrose.org.uk/burke/

#history #project #transcribe #diaries #rfc #montrose

It was on this day, 17 December, 116 years ago that Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first controlled and sustained fl...
17/12/2019

It was on this day, 17 December, 116 years ago that Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first controlled and sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft.

Named the Wright Flyer, the aircraft achieved 37 metres in 12 seconds at an approximate height of 3 metres above the ground. Amazing to think that by 1913 a fully operational military air station was being set up in Montrose.

#history #invention #aviation #avgeek #firstflight

After a weekend at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Santa and his Elves have left to prepare for his Christmas deliv...
09/12/2019

After a weekend at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Santa and his Elves have left to prepare for his Christmas deliveries.

It was great to see so many children come along to see him at the Air Station; let him know their Christmas wishes and of course......indulge in a biscuit or two.

#Santa #christmastime #wishes #montrose

A massive thank you to all our visitors, stallholders and volunteers for making our first ever Christmas Fayre such a su...
08/12/2019

A massive thank you to all our visitors, stallholders and volunteers for making our first ever Christmas Fayre such a success. It was great to see so many young people popping in after visiting Santa at the Station.

Santa has called back into the Air Station again today and will be here until 4pm.

Special thanks to Vanessa from Sew Me for her donation to Poppy Scotland - Montrose.

Also thanks to House of Dun and Borrowfield Community Group for their support.

#donation #fayre #christmastime #santa

Thanks to 'Adventures in Angus' for visiting yesterday and leaving such a glowing recommendation on their page.#thankyou...
08/12/2019

Thanks to 'Adventures in Angus' for visiting yesterday and leaving such a glowing recommendation on their page.

#thankyou #christmas #santa #fun #montrose #museum #volunteers

Santa will be at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre again today. You will find him sat by the fire in a very cosy well decorated 1940s room, which was quite magical! And if seeing Santa wasn't enough, there is a great deal more to see there... If you haven't visited before then you are in for a treat, if you have, then you will know it's worth a return visit.

Historically very significant, being the UK's first operational military airfield, established in February 1913. It is run entirely by friendly volunteers, and houses a superb collection of photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. It is truly now a wonderful museum, offering a true sense of history, of the airfield, and the men and women who lived and served there.

Right now however, it's alive with the sounds and feels of christmas. We really loved our afternoon. Was met with kindness, and the children were in awe the entire time. I highly recommend a visit today between 12pm - 4pm.

http://www.rafmontrose.org.uk/

Visit Angus #myangus

Christmas Fayre all set up and ready to go.We're now open. (Saturday 7 December 10-3 only)
07/12/2019

Christmas Fayre all set up and ready to go.

We're now open. (Saturday 7 December 10-3 only)

Our Christmas Fayre in the Air Station hangar promises to be a unique event.The hangar was built in December 1913 and is...
06/12/2019

Our Christmas Fayre in the Air Station hangar promises to be a unique event.

The hangar was built in December 1913 and is one of the oldest military hangars in the world. They are referred to as ‘Burke’s Sheds’ after the Commanding Officer at the time, Major C.J. Burke. We wonder what he would make of the Hawker Hunter now taking pride of place in the hangar?

Our Christmas Pixie volunteers have been hard at work preparing the hangar for the Fayre starting at 10am on Saturday morning and also our 1940's Room for the visit of Santa on Saturday and Sunday.

#fayre #santa #aviation #avgeek #shopindie #buylocal

Poppyscotland

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight.  Completing their flight around the wo...
06/12/2019

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight. Completing their flight around the world in four months.

Mission accomplished! IWC Schaffhausen The Telegraph #SilverSpitfire #LongestFlight Boultbee Flight Academy credit: STAMP Productions Ltd. www.silverspitfire.com

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets when you visit our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December.  Top prize will be ...
05/12/2019

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets when you visit our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December.

Top prize will be personalised photo in the cockpit of one of our iconic display aircraft, taken by our resident photographer, Neil Werninck.

One of our volunteers gave the personalised photo opportunity a try earlier today......all working fine.

(Due to safety requirements, we reserve the right to ensure the winner is able to safely access and disembark the aircraft cockpit. Our decision is final)

#prizes #photo #montrose #cockpit #craftfayre #fayre #raffle
#fundraising

Santa will soon be flying in for our Christmas Weekend.  He will be in our 1940's Room between 10 - 4 on Saturday 7th an...
04/12/2019

Santa will soon be flying in for our Christmas Weekend. He will be in our 1940's Room between 10 - 4 on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December waiting to meet all who come to visit. Entry is £5.00 per child which includes a gift. Teas and coffees will also be served in our Library.

Our Christmas Fayre will also be open between 10-3 on Saturday 7th December where you can drop off your letters to Santa in our special letterbox.

#christmas #museum #santa #craftfayre #shopindie #buylocal

Our Christmas Weekend planning team is working hard to bring you a unique and fun festive event.Alongside the arts and c...
03/12/2019

Our Christmas Weekend planning team is working hard to bring you a unique and fun festive event.

Alongside the arts and crafts stalls from local talent there will be refreshments, second-hand aviation books, model kits, tombola and childrens' games. You'll also have the opportunity to enter our raffle with a chance to win some amazing Air Station prizes.

#santa #craftfayre #christmas #montrose #christmastime #fundraising

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
01/12/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Only 7 days to go before Santa Claus flies into Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.for a visit.He'll be with us on Sat...
30/11/2019

Only 7 days to go before Santa Claus flies into Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.for a visit.

He'll be with us on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December between 10 and 4. Come along and let him know your Christmas wishes.

Entry fee is £5.00 per child which includes a gift.

.......and don't forget to drop into our unique craft fayre on Saturday 7th December . Pick up locally made gifts with stalls located around our newly acquired Hawker Hunter jet.

#Christmas #Santa #visit #montrose #christmastime #shoplocal #craftfayre

Two fascinating images for #ThrowbackThursday giving an insight into the lives of the men and women at Montrose Air Stat...
28/11/2019

Two fascinating images for #ThrowbackThursday giving an insight into the lives of the men and women at Montrose Air Station who kept the pilots and aircrew fed.

#cooking #cookhouse #montrose #rfc #ww1 #museumstogether #history

26/11/2019

Come along to Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre,on Saturday 7 December for a unique Christmas Fayre.

In our historic 1913 aircraft hangar, housing our recently acquired Hawker Hunter, will be a fantastic collection of stalls including local arts, crafts, tombola and refreshments and a raffle with an exciting first prize.

And of course, don't forget Santa will be in our 1940's Room all weekend ready to hear everyone's Christmas wishes !

As well as raising funds for our 2020 projects we will also be supporting the Royal Air Force Association and Poppy Scotland - Montrose.

#christmas #shopping #fundraising #montrose #crafts #arts

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JAMArt Studio & Gallery

During the life of RAF Montrose a great many aircraft operated from and also visited the Station.  This included these S...
23/11/2019

During the life of RAF Montrose a great many aircraft operated from and also visited the Station. This included these Sea Scout Airships. First introduced in 1915, they originally cost £2,500 each to make. That would be the equivalent of around £120,000 today.

Information on this particular airship SSZ 57 landing at Montrose would be greatly appreciated.

#airship #blimp #raf #montrose #rfc #museumstogether #ww1

We can't wait for Christmas.......#festive #fun #gifts #santa #shopping #christmas
18/11/2019

We can't wait for Christmas.......

#festive #fun #gifts #santa #shopping #christmas

Restoration Update - Miles HawkWork continues on our restoration of the Miles Hawk.  Andy and Juls, two of our skilled v...
18/11/2019

Restoration Update - Miles Hawk

Work continues on our restoration of the Miles Hawk. Andy and Juls, two of our skilled volunteers in the restoration team have been working on the Hawk undercarriage over the last few days. They've been cleaning up the Oleo legs, renewing the leather sock and cleaning the wheels and brakes.

#restoration #hawk #volunteers #museumstogether #raf #montrose #avgeek #aviation

Many thanks to Miriam Green for letting us know of this tribute paid to a Polish pilot who died whilst at RAF Montrose i...
17/11/2019

Many thanks to Miriam Green for letting us know of this tribute paid to a Polish pilot who died whilst at RAF Montrose in 1941.

#lestweforget #poland #ww2 #pilot #raf #montrose

A unique event during the ceremony of Poland Independence Day - 11th Nov, 2019 - in the Polish city of Kalisz was the posthumous officer's nomination for pilot Wiesław Osełkowski. In 1938 Wiesław Osełkowski graduated from the renown Kalisz licee and in January 1939 he got to the dream "School of Eaglets" (air force academy) in Dęblin, Poland. His education was interrupted by war. After the September '39 defeat, he managed to get to Great Britain (via Romania, Malta, France). There he trained with the best RAF pilots at the 8th Flying Training School in Montrose. May 13, 1941, he crashed during landing Miles Master. He died on the spot**. On 11th Nov, 2019, 78 years from these events, dr Marek Moga, the nephew of the deceased soldier, received his officer nomination. This was an act of honour (tribute paid) and commemoration of all Polish pilots from the 'unfinished' (interrupted by WWII) class A.D. 1939 of the Polish Air Force University in Dęblin.
There is a small display/show case of Wiesław Osełkowski in MASHC and his grave on the Sleepyhillock cementary.

** https://www.kincardineshireobserver.co.uk/news/information-about-polish-pilot-who-died-in-the-mearns-1-1604717

An important part of our work is discovering and maintaining a history of the people who lived and worked at the Air Sta...
14/11/2019

An important part of our work is discovering and maintaining a history of the people who lived and worked at the Air Station, such as those shown below from World War One. This is an ever evolving task and we are always keen to hear stories and see photographs and documents that can help us follow the histories of the people who were part of RAF Montrose.

Please get in touch if you have a story to tell, we would love to hear more.

#livinghistory #ww1 #history #people #montrose #rfc #aviation

This early radio equipment was recently donated; fantastic history and still in working order.Valve TesterRadio Receiver...
13/11/2019

This early radio equipment was recently donated; fantastic history and still in working order.

Valve Tester
Radio Receiver
Frequency Meter

#radio #ww2 #ww2history #aviation #montrose #museumstogether

Images from our Armistice Day wreath laying service earlier today.#lestweforget #ww1 #ww2
11/11/2019

Images from our Armistice Day wreath laying service earlier today.

#lestweforget #ww1 #ww2

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we shall remember them.Please join us at Montrose Air Station Heritag...
10/11/2019

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we shall remember them.

Please join us at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre for a wreath laying and short memorial service on Monday 11 November at 11.00am.

If anyone wishes to join us and attend the memorial please come along for 10.45am.

#lestweforget #remembrance #ww2 #ww1 #montrose

Sea Dog Bamse - WWII Canine Hero
10/11/2019

Sea Dog Bamse - WWII Canine Hero

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2019. Our Norwegian WW2 Allies are NOT FORGOTTEN. The Crew of KNM Thorodd and all Norwegian veterans are still cherished here in Montrose, Scotland. Their sacrifice is our freedom.

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
08/11/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Come along to Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre on Saturday 9 November when our Hawker Hunter WT619 will be open for ...
08/11/2019

Come along to Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre on Saturday 9 November when our Hawker Hunter WT619 will be open for visitors for the first time.

We're looking forward to welcoming you along to our latest display.

#montrose #aviation #avgeek #hawkerhunter #jet #museumstogether

It's #throwbackthursday and we've got fantastic images of a Farman biplane at Upper Dysart in 1913.With the propeller at...
07/11/2019

It's #throwbackthursday and we've got fantastic images of a Farman biplane at Upper Dysart in 1913.

With the propeller at the back of the fuselage, the aircraft was used to train officers learning to fly.

Did you know that in 1913, five aircraft of No. 2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, took off from Farnborough and flew north. The 450 miles journey was completed in a series of stages over the following 13 days. The aircraft landed at Upper Dysart Farm on 26 February, 3 miles South of Montrose, thus making it the first operational military airfield to be established in Great Britain.

Their location at Upper Dysart was soon considered far from ideal and a search for a new site was started. A site at Broomfield Farm situated 1 mile North of Montrose and next to the railway line was identified. The land was flat, just 30ft above sea level, in line with the prevailing wind and with good drainage thanks to the sandy soil. This became Montrose Air Station.

#rfc #montrose #aviation #avgeek #ww1 #museumstogether

We will be holding a wreath laying and short memorial service at the Air Station on Monday 11 November at 11.00am.If any...
06/11/2019

We will be holding a wreath laying and short memorial service at the Air Station on Monday 11 November at 11.00am.

If anyone wishes to join us and attend the memorial please come along for 10.45am.

#lestweforget #remembrance #ww2 #ww1 #montrose

After a busy summer we're delighted to have reached 4,000 followers on Facebook.   Our thanks go out to everyone who fol...
04/11/2019

After a busy summer we're delighted to have reached 4,000 followers on Facebook. Our thanks go out to everyone who follows our story, likes and shares our posts.

We'll continue to update on our activities, displays, plans for 2020 and of course share the amazing history of RAF Montrose.

Thank you all.

#thankyou #montrose #followers #history #raf #aviation #loveourvisitors

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

04/11/2019
The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford

Fantastic series of images showing the transport and assembly of Hawker Hunter WT619.

#video #raf #hawkerhunter #aviation #jet #avgeek #montrose

The RAF Museum’s Hawker Hunter F1 WT619 was last week transported from our storage facility at RAF Stafford to the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre (MASHC) in Scotland, where it will go on public display from Saturday 9 November 2019.

The aircraft is one of the few surviving F.1 models and already has a Scottish connection having been on the strength of No.43 Squadron whilst at RAF Leuchars in the 1950s.

After retirement from service, WT619 was acquired by the RAF Museum and went on display at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry for several years. Following a short period in storage the aircraft is going back on public display, this time with some of its port side panels removed, allowing visitors to MASHC to view the internal construction of this 1950s jet fighter.

Earlier this year the RAF Museum and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a partnership fostering the interests of the RAF Museum and MASHC through collaborative programmes and other shared learning opportunities.

The aim of the partnership is to strengthen cooperation between both partners in order to enhance each organisation's programmes and provide an opportunity for staff and collections development.

The Hunter was re-assembled by a team of RAF Museum Technicians with assistance from one of our Apprentices. The team at MASHC are now busy preparing the display in readiness for its first unveiling to the public this weekend. Doors to their Hangar 1B will open at 10.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday and 12.00pm to 4.00pm on Sunday.

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Waldron Road
Montrose
DD10 9BD

The X7 Perth to Aberdeen Bus passes close to the Air Station. Get off at the Waldron Road stop and you will see the sign guiding you over a bridge to the Air Station.

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