Mysterious sightings and ghostly goings on have been part and parcel of the RAF's Montrose Heritage Centre's history since World War I. As the site of Britain's first operational military airfield, RAF Montrose was set up by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913.
The heritage centre's collection of photographs and artefacts tell the story of RFC/RAF Montrose through the words and deeds of the men and women who served here through two world wars.
The paranormal activity at the site started after the death of Lt Desmond Arthur who was killed when his biplane crashed in May 1913. Controversy surrounding the official findings of the crash, initially it was put down to an unfinished repair, then overturned and stating 'stunt flying' as the cause. What ever the reason Lt Arthurs ghost was seen by several servicemen in and around the airfield.
One reputable witness was a Major Foggin who saw Lt Arthurs ghost on numerous occasions. Just before Christmas of 1916 a report was published exonerating Lt Arthur, just one other appearance was recorded, then all went quiet until the onset of the Second World War.
During World War 2 at RAF Montrose servicemen reported seeing a mystery biplane which would appear and vanish over the airfield. The ghost of an airman adorned in flying suit and goggles was seen by pilots in the hangers surrounding the airfield.
In recent times visitors to RAF's Montrose Heritage Centre have reported phantom footsteps, doors opening and shutting, the sound of aircraft engines, shadowy figures and a black Labrador has been seen following members around the museum.
In May 2010 staff at the Heritage Centre reported that a 70 year old radio has been picking up vintage broadcasts featuring Winston Churchill and the music of Glen Miller. The vintage radio set is kept in a recreation of a 1940s room. Several people have heard Second World War era broadcasts including the big band sound of the Glenn Miller orchestra and speeches by Winston Churchill.
The broadcasts come on at random and can last for up to half an hour. The Pye valve wireless, has no power and is not connected to any source of electricity. Technicians who examined it removed the back, but found "nothing but cobwebs and spiders".