A commemorative event will be held in August to mark Montrose Air Station’s role in the First World War.
War in the Air takes place at the air station heritage centre on the weekend of August 12.
It will see the unveiling of a hand-built BE2 aircraft of the kind flown by intrepid pilot Lt Harvey Kelly.
The Royal Flying Corps pilot of No 2 Squadron flew one of the aircraft from Montrose to France in 1913 and was hailed as the “first in France”.
The replica BE2 is complete after hundreds of hours of work by volunteers, and will be unveiled before an invited audience on August 12.
This will be done by the station’s honorary president, Air Marshal Sir David Walker, who will be joined by relatives of men who flew from the station in wartime and serving members of today’s No 2 Squadron.
Centre chairman Alan Doe said No 2 Squadron left Montrose, the UK’s first operational air base, in 1913 and only returned for its centenary celebration three years ago.
He said: “It will be wonderful to once again welcome No 2 Squadron to Montrose Air Station and show them our replica of the BE2 flown 103 years ago by fellow No 2 Squadron pilot, Lt Harvey Kelly.
“Many members of the Royal Flying Corps, which became the Royal Air Force, lost their lives in the war in the air, including Lt Harvey Kelly.
“The BE2 is a way of remembering the brave pilots from No 2 Squadron and all the other squadrons and pilots who spent time at Montrose Air Station during World War One.”
The First in France project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums and Galleries Scotland, Angus Council, and the Robertson Trust.
Curator Dr Daniel Paton said: “This project involved establishing a new centre dedicated to the history of aviation during World War 1, the Lt J Ross Robertson Building, which has been open for a year, and building a replica of the aircraft flown by Lt Harvey Kelly.”
Free entry will be available on August 12 and 13, with activities planned for all ages.
Visit www.rafmontrose.org.uk for more information.