Kirriemuir Aviation Museum

Located close to the centre of Kirriemuir, at the foot of Bellie's Brae overlooking the Gairie Burn, the Kirriemuir Aviation Museum was established in 1987 and concerns itself principally with British military aviation. It offers visitors access to a remarkable collection of artefacts which trace the history of the Royal Air Force (RAF) from its beginnings as the Royal Flying Corps to the present day. The collection has been assembled over many years by the remarkable curator, Richard Moss, a World War II RAF veteran who runs the establishment single-handedly, guiding visitors knowledgeably through a cornucopia of material filling every corner of this small museum. The collection features uniforms, medals, insignia, aircraft models and art-work together with aircraft instruments, weapons, navigation and surveillance equipment. The museum also hosts a considerable library, available for reference and research, which includes books, manuals and photographs. A considerable number of personal items, flight logs and original documents have been lodged with the museum over the years. Personal items relate to the likes of Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, but particular attention is paid to Scottish RAF connections through, for example, Lt. Commander John Moffatt (b.1919), who disabled the German pocket-battleship Bismarck, and Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding (1882 - 1970). The curator regales visitors with tales of heroism and tragedy but also has an intimate knowledge of Kirriemuir and the surrounding area.

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