Fort George and Evanton Airfields honoured with the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust’s latest memorials
As a result of long planning and co-operation between the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (http://www.abct.org.uk) and various local parties, memorials were unveiled on 12th and 13th August to commemorate Fort George and Evanton Airfields.
Fort George Airfield is one of Scotland’s least known airfields but played a very significant part in the early development and deployment of military seaplanes in Britain. Sited alongside the famous Army base and dating from before World War One, Fort George also participated in the conflict itself and eventually helped with advancing aviation in Orkney. An information board already exists within the barracks to acknowledge this airfield but the memorial will greatly enhance public awareness of this mostly forgotten piece of history.
Evanton Airfield meanwhile remains one of Scotland’s much better known airfields, and saw distinguished service with the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm between the 1920s and 1950s. Numerous famous naval and training aircraft types proved extremely prominent at Evanton over the years, while the airfield for a short while even latterly witnessed spy balloons being launched from here. Today Evanton still remains tremendously relevant as a major industrial estate alongside the A9 road between Inverness and Wick.
Both memorials are the main standardised design already widely utilised by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT), and its objective is to eventually commemorate each known disused airfield site in Britain with one of two forms of standardised granite memorial – over 60 have already been unveiled to clearly good effect. ABCT is the world’s first national airfield charity and making a real and revolutionary difference to the advancement of everyday society.
Issued by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT)http://www.abct.org.uk/
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