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Museum News and Events in 2022
MAY - NEW ARRIVAL
A fine example of a Hunting Percival / BAC Jet Provost cockpit section built as a procedural trainer for student pilots.
The Jet Provost prototype first flew on the 26th June 1954 and after lengthy proving trials was formally accepted by the RAF in 1957 as the primary “ad initio” Basic Trainer. The aircraft in all its variants finally retired from RAF service in 1993 with 734 aircraft being built during its long service.
We are extremely grateful to the team at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune for accepting our bid for this essential part of the story of pilot training in the RFC / RAF from 1912 to today and beyond. We are immensely proud that the Scottish part of this story began at Montrose Air Station in 1913.
We are also extremely grateful for the generous support once again from our friends at CVR Engineering in Markinch who helped to get yet another important artefact to our museum safely and professionally.
We will now spend some time working to prepare this wonderful exhibit for our visitors to enjoy. A great team effort across Scotland !
APRIL - NEW ARRIVAL
Once fully operational again this artefact will play an important role in our STEMstart ® program.
A special thank you to Billy and Ross as well as the rest of the team from CVR Motor Engineers in Markinch for all their help in getting our sectioned Rolls Royce Spey engine safely delivered to the Museum. Without their generosity this move would not have been possible!
March - Montrose Rotary Awards for Voluntary Service
Montrose Rotary Club held a fantastic evening recognising the massive contribution that volunteers make to the lives of individuals in Montrose and the outlying areas.
Forty-four individuals and local voluntary groups were invited to a meal and award ceremony at the Park Hotel. It was incredibly powerful and very moving to see just how many individuals in our town are prepared to give their time for the benefit of others.
Museum Chairman Stuart Archibald was on hand to receive the Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of all the volunteers at Montrose Air Station.
Stuart Archibald said "It was my absolute pleasure to receive this prestigious award from Montrose Rotary Club in recognition of the volunteers who are moving the museum forward during our Covid recovery period. As ever the continued support and attendance of our committed volunteers is vital in ensuring that the exciting progress of our museum is guaranteed."
February - The 'Fin' arrives
100 years later the Squadron, then based at RAF Marham, had the tail 'fin' of one of their GR4 Tornados especially painted to mark their centenary. The livery depicts the iconic BE2 aircraft which they flew at Montrose and during WWI.
The GR4 aircraft with the centenary paint scheme was ZA398 which was subsequently damaged by a bird strike in January 2014 and taken out of service. II Squadron kept the fin and the GR4 airframe is now on display at Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre, Newquay.
II(AC) Squadron has kept close ties with Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and they made the amazing decision to gift the famous fin to the museum. A big thank you to the Squadron and to the JARTS team (Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron) who transported it down from RAF Lossiemouth in February.
The tail fin is now on proud display in one of the original hangars built by II Squadron in December 1913.
The squadron commented as follows:
"II(AC) Squadron are delighted to have been able to donate the 'fin' to Montrose - their Spiritual home".