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New feature at air station

The Meteor being moved to its new position, using the restored airfield tractor.

The Meteor being moved to its new position, using the restored airfield tractor.

The Spitfire replica at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre has a new friend in time for the season opening in April.

The heritage centre has moved its Meteor aircraft to a more prominent position in preparation for the season opening next month.

It has been positioned close to the Red Litchie Spitfire replica.

The Meteor, serial WF825, a Mk.T7 two seat trainer, first flew in June 1951 when it was delivered to No. 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron at Leuchars and remained in service until March 1968.

It arrived at the heritage centre in several sections in December 2008 from Yatesbury where it had been in storage.

Chairman Alan Doe said: “Since then it has been re-assembled and missing panels replaced, crafted by the skilled volunteers at the centre, several of whom are retired engineers and former RAF and Fleet Air Arm fitters.

“When work is finished, it will be repainted and displayed in 603 Squadron livery.”

The aircraft has been moved to make way for a new building at the heritage centre, which will commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. Turn to page 7 for the full story.

 

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