100 years since the opening of the UK's first military airbase

100 years ago, the UK's first military airbase was opened in Montrose in Scotland, one year before the outbreak of World War 1. Military aviation was in its infancy and many trainee pilots died mastering the skills and machines that were to play an increasing role in warfare.

The images below form part of a new exhibition at Montrose Museum which give a glimpse into Britain's wartime past.

1940: Squadron Leader John Betty, an instructor with No 8 Flight Training School in the raised seat of a Miles Master
1940: Squadron Leader John Betty, an instructor with No 8 Flight Training School in the raised seat of a Miles Master Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1944: WAAFs photograhed outside Rosemount House, Montrose
1944: WAAFs photograhed outside Rosemount House, Montrose Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1917: Lr Percy Evans with Sopwith Camel which was the most famous British fighter of the First World War
1917: Lr Percy Evans with Sopwith Camel which was the most famous British fighter of the First World War Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1913: The men of No 2 Squadron the Royal Flying Corps arrive at Montrose
1913: The men of No 2 Squadron the Royal Flying Corps arrive at Montrose Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1918: The men of the 138th Aero Squadron the USAF departing for Montrose
1918: The men of the 138th Aero Squadron the USAF departing for Montrose Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1938: Hawker Furies of No 8 Flying Training School, RAF Montrose fly over the town
1938: Hawker Furies of No 8 Flying Training School, RAF Montrose fly over the town Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1945: Pilot Officer Warren Foss, Royal Canadian Air Force flies over Montrose
1945: Pilot Officer Warren Foss, Royal Canadian Air Force flies over Montrose Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1949: Four airmen in front of a Miles Master
1949: Four airmen in front of a Miles Master Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
1914: BE2 starting for Cruden Bay. The hangars were named 'Burke's sheds' after Major Burke who built them
1914: BE2 starting for Cruden Bay. The hangars were named 'Burke's sheds' after Major Burke who built them Credit: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre