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Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Montrose

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The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is located to the North of Montrose, Angus, Scotland. Montrose has the distinction of having the first operational military airfield in Great Britain and the Heritage Centre is located on the former airfield. It aims to show the human side of its history with a collection of contemporary photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. These not only tell of the history of the airfield but also the story of the men and women who served there and those who lived in the area.The Air Station Heritage Centre is run by the Ian McIntosh Memorial Trust and is a registered Scottish charitable organisation. It is self-financing, relying on visitors fees and donations together with grants from local government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The centre receives no regular financial support from local or national government.HistoryThe airfield was first opened on 1913 when five aircraft of No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps arrived. Montrose became the first operational military airfield in Great Britain and first military airfield in Scotland.The air station closed in 1920 but was reopened in 1935 for use in the Second World War. After the war the airfield continued to be used as a maintenance unit until it closed on 4 June 1952.In 1983 a group of local enthusiast banded together to ensure that the history of Montrose Air Station would not be forgotten. A local man, Ian McIntosh, established the Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust, now known as the Ian McIntosh Memorial Trust and money was raised by the Montrose Aerodrome Museum Society.
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  • This air museum should be on everybody's list of visits when in the area. It is run by a team of volunteers who make you feel more than welcome. We made two visits last week spending over 4 hours ther...  more »
  • We came here as my partners father was in the RAF during WW2 & found out some interesting things about this air station. The exhibits are very child friendly with some rooms in some of the air huts se...  more »
  • My husband and I visited the Montrose Air Station today and were not disappointed. It was a lovely trip down memory lane for us and it is a history lesson for the younger generation. There is so much ...  more »
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  • All those small, this heritage center is full of history. It was a great learning experience for the young ones.
  • Not As Boring As I Was Expecting, Liked The Man Fae The Model Shop The Best He Is A Good Laugh And I Had Fun Winding Him up
  • Despite appearing small this place has an amazing amount of memorabilia and a unique story.
  • Shadow of the base's former glory. Volunteers are very friendly and work hard to make it a worthwhile museum to visit.
  • Very surprised..wish I had allowed more time, fabulous dislay and extremely interesting..will be dack.

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