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.”
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!
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.
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 After being withdrawn from use in July 1965 it joined the RAF Museum collection and was repainted in its impressment colours as DG590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.