As we continue our Covid recovery process and bearing in mind the pressures of volunteer recruitment and training it has been decided that the Museum will now enter into restricted winter opening hours until February 2022.

This restricted opening will allow the Museum to enter into a recruitment and training period as well as a display and information assessment that will help to ensure that our Museum will continue to grow in 2022. We would like to sincerely thank all of our wonderful visitors who have helped us in our recovery to date and we all look forward to welcoming new visitors on our Saturday opening days on the run-up to the festive season.

The Museum will also be holding several shopping evenings during December and details of these events along with our festive period shutdown dates will be released later this month. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we apologise if this may cause you any inconvenience.

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Airspeed is the newsletter for Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, keeping you up to date with the latest news and events.

NEW - Issue 5   October-November 2021 

Scottish Aviation trail

Here at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre we are extremely proud to be a part of the Scottish Aviation and STEM trail.
With our historically vital heritage that takes us back to 1913, we are delighted to be a site of major historical importance and would like to encourage all our friends and supporters to have a look at the new Scottish Aviation and STEM trail website at:

To read the press release please click here.

Tripadvisor Cert of Excellence 2019

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, 2016,2017, 2018 and 2019. 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

  • Vic The War Horse of Montrose - New display unveiled - Click here to find out more
  • Support us when you shop at Amazon - Click here to find out more
  • Magical Montrose - See what the beautiful Montrose area has to offer - YouTube Video
  • Major Upgrade - Access between buildings improved for visitors with new tarmac surface
  • New Exhibit - Hawker Hunter Mk.F1 WT619 on loan from the RAF Museum
  • Tripadvisor - We are awarded the Travellers' Choice Award for 2020
  • Memorandum of Understanding signed with the RAF Museum Click here to find out more

Whilst there are 30 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:

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.

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