RAF Montrose was a Royal Air Force (RAF) station in Forfarshire (now more commonly called Angus) in Scotland. On 26 February 1913, it became the first operational military aerodrome to be established in the United Kingdom.
The Air Station Ghosts:
During the Aerodromes early days as a pilot training facility an American pilot wrote that there was "a crash every day and a funeral every week". The military grave stones at the local cemetery, Sleepy Hillock, bear witness to the numerous deaths of those learning to fly at Montrose.
RAF Station Montrose is famous for its ghosts and has been described as possibly one of the most haunted places in Britain.
Lt Desmond Arthur was the original Montrose ghost. Killed in a flying accident on 27 May 1913 and his spirit is said to have haunted the officers’ mess. Since then there have been many other unexplained sightings of apparitions in pilots’ uniforms and phantom planes. In 2010 wartime music and speech was heard to come from a 70-year-old radio which was not powered in any way.
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre:
In 1983 the Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust was formed, today known as the Ian McIntosh Memorial Trust. In 1992 the trust purchased the Watch Office and ground, and created the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. They have since added more buildings and collections. Several historic buildings and hangars are still located on site, and the perimeter taxi track is still largely intact.