Congratulations to the Royal Air Force in its Centenary Year
100 years ago on 1st April 1918 the Royal Air Force came into existence. Formed by merging the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, the RAF became the world’s first independent air force. Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre has a proud association with the RAF and in particular, No.2 Squadron who established Great Britain’s first operational military air station at Upper Dysart, Montrose in February 1913. They are the oldest fixed wing squadron in the world.
Whilst there are over 25 pages on this website there is in fact a lot more to read and see through interactive presentations including photographs, audio and video. Through the presentations you will be able to read:
- NEW! Montrose Air Station Timeline
- Major Burke’s 1914-1916 diary showing the day to day running of one of the first Squadrons.
- His famous Maxims from 1911 giving advice to military aviators.
- Lt. Desmond Arthur’s 1913 diary and learn about the man and his tragic death.
- The RAF Flight Training Manual, Part 1, published in 1931.
- You can see the Red Lichtie arriving at the Heritage Centre and being assembled.
- Learn about No.2 Squadron’s epic flight north in February 1913 & why Montrose was chosen.
- See how volunteers built a WWI B.E.2a aircraft from original drawings.
- See a 360 degree view from our B.E.2a.
“The work here is hugely important in so many ways. It’s important to Scotland, it’s important to our sense of British history and it is certainly extremely important to the Royal Air Force today, so I know all my Air Force colleagues will join me in saying how indebted we are with that endeavour.”Air Marshal Sir David Walker KCVO, OBE, DL.