‘First in France 1914’ Event @ Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

On Saturday 2 August, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, in partnership with the Royal Air Force and Western Front Association, will celebrate the role of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War.

Montrose Air Station was the first operational military aerodrome in Britain. It was opened in 1913, where it was the base for No.2 Squadron RFC, under the command of Major C. J. Burke. On 3 August 1914, the Royal Flying Corps left Montrose to enter the war. The BE2 aircraft was flown from Montrose to France by Lt Harvey-Kelly. It was the first British aircraft to land in France.

Flying BE2 with 2 MF.7 aircraft in foreground – Montrose Air Station, Broomfield (1914). The photograph is in the public domain.









To commemorate Harvey-Kelly’s flight into France, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is holding a special day of events. This includes a vintage aircraft rally and a range of new exhibits displaying our First World War material. The day will conclude with a flying display of First World War replica aircraft.  Museum staff will be on hand to provide advice on how to research your military ancestors. The museum will be open free to the public. For more information and a full itinerary of the day’s events click HERE.


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