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The Heritage Centre will be closed for Christmas from 17th December and will reopen on Saturday 12th January 2018.
We wish all our members, volunteers, supporters and visitors a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year

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.

Welcome to

The website for Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre located in Angus on the east coast of Scotland.

‘Montrose was the location for Great Britain’s first operational military airfield which was established by the Royal Flying Corps in February 1913.’

The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre aims to show the human side of the Air Stations past 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 Heritage Centre ensures that future generations will remember their service.

We are an independent, fully accredited, museum run entirely by volunteers and in 2014 we were proud to receive The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for volunteer groups in the UK.

You only have to read our reviews on TripAdvisor to be assured that you will receive a warm and friendly welcome. The Heritage Centre has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016 and 2017. It is consistently shown as the No.1 visitor attraction in Montrose and highly rated in Angus.

“The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is a national (and I don’t just mean Scotland) treasure that tells a global story.” Ken Ellis, Editor, Flypast.
There is something for everyone regardless of age including local and aviation history dating back over 100 years to 1913. That was less than 10 years after the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers in America. Aircraft were a rare and fascinating sight with pilots as famous as film stars.
Come and see our full size replica B.E.2a aircraft as flown by No.2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, when they were the first to land in France at the start of World War One.


Children are especially welcome and will find lots to see and experience. Education and heritage are very important to us and unlike many visitor attractions we will never charge admission for children.

“Great place to visit with the family, so relaxed, exhibits are wonderful, like going back in time! My three kids loved it (11,10 & 6) and so did I.”Angela - TripAdvisor

Visitor information for the Heritage Centre can be found HERE.

Latest Items and News

  • Our Curator, Dr Dan Paton is interviewed by the BBC. Listen to it   here
  • Remembrance Service held     Details
  • One of our aircraft is missing !   find out more
  • Read our latest newsletter   click here to download
  • We have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018, our forth one.

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:

  • 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.

You can also learn about the History of Montrose Air Station and see our WWI Roll of Honour.

“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.

  • History
  • Group Visits
  • School Visits
  • Membership
  • Exhibits
  • The Red Lichtie
  • Replica B.E.2a
  • The Montrose Ghost
  • Events
  • Events
  • Events
  • About The Heritage Centre