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Date of visit: October 2020.
The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre which opened in 1992 is located to the north of Montrose, Angus, Scotland. The Heritage Centre is located on the site of the former Montrose Air Station which opened in 1913 being the first military airfield in Great Britain. With a brief closure between the two World Wars the airfield finally closed on 4th June 1952.
The Heritage Centre is an independant fully accredited museum run entirely by volunteers. Being financially independant it relies on income from visitors, shop sales, donations and grants from local government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The aim of the Heritage Centre is to tell the history of the airfield and the people who were stationed there through its varied collection of artefacts, memorabillia, models and choice of aircraft on display.
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Aircraft exhibited within the grounds of the Heritage Centre.
Jack Drummond Workshop & Store Exhibits
Nissen Hut used for restoration projects named after LAC Jack Drummond who was posted to Montrose in 1937.
Lt. John Ross Robertson Building Exhibits
A Nissen Hut (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) named in memory of Lt, John Ross Robertson who learned to fly at Montrose. He was killed in action on only his fourth mission in May 1917.
David Butler Building Exhibits
A Romney Hut (funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund) named after David Butler a founding member of the Heritage Centre.
Burke's Shed 1b Exhibits
Located adjacent to the Heritage Centre, Shed 1b is one of three aircraft hangars erected in 1913 to house aircraft of No. 2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. The hangars are the only survivors of their type in the world and are listed as ‘Category A’ buildings by the Historic Environment Scotland.
Latest News (October 2020).
During my visit i was informed that the Heritage Centre was trying to acquire a Panavia Tornado GR4 which would be displayed alongside the Hawker Hunter F.1 in the Burke's Shed. This would be a nice addition for the Heritage Centre as the Tornado used to be stationed nearby at RAF Leuchars and RAF Lossiemouth and graced the skies over Scotland for many years.