Pilot Training at Montrose

No.2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps left Montrose Air Station on 3rd August 1914 to go to war. They never returned and Montrose took on an important new role as a training base for pilots. Montrose Air Station is unique in Scotland in that it was active throughout both world wars as a major centre for training pilots.

When No2 Squadron left Montrose in August 1914 to lead the RFC to war the RFC had less than 100 aircraft.When the war ended in November 1918 the RAF had over 20,000 aircraft. This huge expansion in air power posed an unprecedented challenge to train men to fly and maintain aircraft. Early in 1915 the RFC set up a number of Reserve Squadrons to train pilots and form the nucleus of new squadrons.


RAF Pilots in training during the 1930’s would be expected to learn all the contents of this Training Manual.
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1931 RAF Flying Training Manual – Part 1 – Flying Instruction

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