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One of the iconic aircraft of the Second World War is returning to the site of the historic beginning of the RAF in Great Britain. Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre,  the first operational air station in Great Britain, has acquired an Avro Anson, a Mk. C19, serial number TX226 which was built in 1946.

Ansons of Coastal Command were based at Montrose from 1939 and throughout the Second World War, operating with 269 Squadron flying reconnaissance patrols along the east coast of Scotland. The Anson entered RAF service in March 1936 and remained in use until 1968. 

Currently, TX226 is disassembled and stored near Coventry airport and should arrive at Montrose early in the New Year. It will undergo a rebuild to Exhibition Standard by the Heritage Centres team of volunteer engineers. It will be a difficult and demanding task but one they are up to and eager to take on.

The Heritage Centre is managed and run by award-winning volunteers. It is entirely independent and self-financing so you can make a big difference by making a donation to help restore this iconic British aircraft.

MONTROSE - Britain’s first operational military airfield.
Montrose is an aviation heritage site of international significance which goes back to the very early days of manned flight. On 26th February 1913 aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps arrived from Farnborough having made an epic flight of 460 miles.Let's not forget that this was less than 10 years after the Wright brothers first historic powered flight. The Heritage Centre is a remarkable example of what can be achieved using the energy, imagination, skills and knowledge of ordinary members of the community. Over the last few years, the Heritage Centre has become one of the fastest growing independent museums in Scotland run entirely by volunteers.

Charity No: SCO23193

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