Airfields were very important in World War II. Dyce aerodrome (airfield) opened in 1934. The first flight involved three passengers who paid to be flown to Glasgow. In October 1939, the Air Ministry took control of the airfield. Originally planes landed on what was a grass field. But the RAF needed proper runways so three hard runways were built. 602 and 603 air Squadrons flew from Dyce.