Heritage Centre Events in 2017

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Visit by MSP

The Heritage Centre has had a VIP visitor. Mairi Evans is the MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) for Angus North and Mearns and she had a tour of the Heritage Centre to see for herself the great work being carried out by the volunteers.

She said she was absolutely blown away by what was there and described it as one of the hidden gems of Angus. She went on to say that she would do all she can to support the Heritage Centre.

Alan Doe, chairman of the Heritage Centre said “We want to appeal to everyone not just aircraft enthusiasts and we are always thinking of new ways to attract visitors. If you don’t expand, you stay still and eventually start to go backwards. We have a lot of ideas of how we can improve but, as always, finance is our enemy. We have done very well out of Heritage Lottery Funding since 2004 and have been hugely supported by Angus Council but we still need support to improve our site and hope that Mairi Evans can help us.”


Those four words have become a part of history and whilst we haven’t had an Eagle landing, our very own Hawk has just arrived.

The Hawk in question is a Miles M.2H Hawk Major, a rare aircraft from the 1930’s, which has been transported to Montrose from the RAF Museum’s store in Stafford. Last year the Heritage Centre fought off tough competition in its bid to be given the rare aircraft by the RAF Museum in London.

Getting the aircraft to Montrose was a big problem as hiring a company to transport it from Stafford would present a large financial burden to the Heritage Centre. Fortunately one of our members, Simon Law, is a transport manager with John Lewis in Edinburgh. The company supports charities directly and John Lewis agreed to sponsor the move of the Hawk. Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is very grateful to the John Lewis partnership for its support and to the RAF Museum for the aircraft.

The Hawk was designed by F.G.Miles, one of the most prolific aircraft designers in Britain and was a very advanced concept when all the aircraft in the RAF, at that time, were fabric covered biplanes like the aircraft of WWI. The RAF realised that they would require more modern training aircraft to prepare pilots to fly aircraft like the Spitfire and Hurricane. With a few modifications the Hawk became the Miles Magister, the RAF’s first monoplane elementary trainer which was followed by the Miles Master, the RAF’s first monoplane advanced trainer. Both types saw extensive service at Montrose and the Miles Company even had its own maintenance and repair facilities at the air station. The close links between Montrose Air Station and Miles aircraft make the Hawk a very important acquisition in telling the story of RAF Montrose during the Second World War.

Brief History of G-ADMW / DG590
Miles M.2H Hawk Major G-ADMW was originally delivered to W.R. Norman at Heston in August 1935 and went on to fly with the Portsmouth Aero Club. In early 1941 it moved to Broxbourne where it was impressed by the RAF for wartime service and given serial number DG590.
In September 1946 the aircraft went back to Miles Aircraft at Woodley, Reading, and was used by the Reading Aero Club.
In 0ctober 1952, J.P. Gunner acquired the machine, basing it at Sleap. After being withdrawn from use in July 1965 it joined the RAF Museum collection and was repainted in its impressment colours as DG590

It is one of only two examples of the type in Britain.