The Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland

Hand Made History


Welcome to the 
Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland
Preserving aviation history for future generations
Scottish Charity SC048150

    Trustees Annual Report 2023 click here  506897a9-7bd0-466d-8227-1ffb3b604f0f

For the Year End Newsletter click here  57f1562f-139b-4fc9-8c2b-6223120bf816


With over 45 years of experience, our team of skilled volunteers have the expertise to handle complex aircraft restoration projects.


We are committed to educating future generations about the importance of aviation, its history and the skills required to work in the industry.


Join our passionate community of volunteers and aviation enthusiasts who share a common love for preserving the heritage of Scottish aviation.

About Us

For the 2023 Year End Newsletter click here        57f1562f-139b-4fc9-8c2b-6223120bf816

Established in 1973, the Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland (APSS) specializes in building and restoring old aircraft and associated equipment. Our mission is to share and inspire people young and old with our range of skills and knowledge.

Based in East Lothian, Scotland, we welcome volunteer members young and old. Our team is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich aviation history of Scotland. Join us in our quest to preserve the legacy of these magnificent flying machines.

Our Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter
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Richard Bell Davies V.C. D.S.O.

Our aircraft is a replica of the first aircraft to successfully land and take off from HMS Argus, the first of what is now known as an aircraft carrier. Richard Bell Davies is credited as the first true Aircraft Carrier Pilot. Flying the Sopwith Strutter F-2211 from Turnhouse, now Edinburgh Airport he landed and took off continuously on the new purpose built HMS Argus thus proving the modern aircraft carrier concept. Our aircraft is dedicated to him and we have permission from the Royal Navy and CAA to fly with those colours and registration. We have welcomed the Bell Davies family for visits to see the replica of their grandfather's history making Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter and they have been kind enough to let us view and photograph his pilot's licence, log books and picture album. His book "Sailor in the Air" is a fascinating record of a very distinguished Naval and flying career  up to the rank of Vice Admiral.

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