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Yorkshire Air Museum

   
Address : Halifax Way
Address : Elvington
Town/City : York
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : YO41 4AU
Phone : 01904 608595
Web Site :  www.yorkshireairmuseum.org

The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is also the location of The Allied Air Forces Memorial.


yorks-yam22019 sees the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, just 21 years after the end of the 'war to end all wars', and at the Yorkshire Air Museum you can explore the role of aircraft and the people who flew them in the conquest of tyranny. It is also the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the two French Squadrons of RAF Bomber Command, who uniquely flew from Elvington with Halifax Mk. III bombers.

See the only complete WWII Halifax bomber in Europe, climb aboard the Douglas C-47 Dakota, the aircraft famed for its role in the airborne invasion of the D-Day Landings and stand up close to our examples of the famous WWII Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.

You will also find a Gloster Meteor, Britain's first jet fighter and many aircraft from the Cold War era with exciting, evocative names such as Lightning, Hunter, the Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer, Nimrod and the awesome and still futuristic looking Victor V-Bomber.

From the birth of flight, you can also see the only example of Sir George Cayley's historic man-carrying glider of 1853, the only full size replica in Europe of a Wright Flyer, the world's first powered aircraft, and the intriguing Blackburn Mercury Monoplane.

Newly on display and creating a great deal of interest is the Dassault Mirage IV strategic, supersonic nuclear bomber, gifted to the Museum by the French Government, which is the only example of this type to be seen in the world outside of France. This imposing aircraft makes a rare, and possibly unique, pairing with its smaller variant the Mirage III supersonic fighter here at Elvington.

There is indeed a great deal for the visitor to discover during a day out with us. Based on an authentic WWII Bomber Command Station, the former RAF Elvington, we maintain the authentic atmosphere of the period, whilst housing superb displays and exhibits, such as the Bomber Command exhibition "Against the Odds", which is now the definitive national presentation on this subject. Similarly, the "Pioneers of Aviation" exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Yorkshire's literally ground -breaking role in the birth of manned flight, with Sir George Cayley, renowned as the Father of Aeronautics and the inventor of the aeroplane, who was born in Scarborough in December 1773. The exhibition also explores Leeds born Robert Blackburn who established a hugely successful aircraft manufacturing business; Hull born aviator Amy Johnson, whose daring exploits and solo flights to Australia and South Africa are indeed the stuff of legend. The work of Sir Barnes Wallis on the R101 airship at Howden is also explored and the exhibition features a dramatic interpretation of the famous 'Dambuster raids' with the Bouncing Bomb.

The Museum prides itself on being a dedicated Memorial to the Allied Air Forces and the tranquil Memorial Gardens provide a peaceful haven to reflect on the service and sacrifice of so many brave young airmen and women, from WWI to the present day.

With so much to see, we have an excellent restaurant in which visitors can enjoy a tasty meal, snacks and refreshments during their stay with us.

Most importantly, the Museum is a place of discovery and certainly much more than just an air museum!

Open Daily 10am – 5pm Summer; 10am – 4pm Winter.
Admission: £12 Adults, £9 Senior Citizens and £5 Children (5-15). Family: £30 (2A + 3C).
Group rates available for party's of 10 or more. A great destination for schools visits!

Yorkshire Air Museum- 2019 Events

April 21st & 22nd
Easter at the Museum – The White Rabbits Trail Easter Trail. Cherchez les Lapins Blancs!
Find the White Rabbits. An Easter Trail with a French twist!

May 11th and 12th
"Against the Odds" – D Day 75th Commemoration -
Join us for this year's Against The Odds weekend and experience life at RAF Elvington during World War Two. Our re-enactors will be here to explain what life was like here for serving Halifax Bomber air crews as they fought to liberate occupied Europe.

June 2nd
Open Cockpits Day – A unique chance to climb aboard the Museum's amazing collection of aircraft.

June 16th
Alvis Owners Club at The Museum - The north of England's biggest gathering of Alvis classic cars will be joining us at the Museum.

June 27th
Inspirations - STEM educational challenge

June 29th
Scouts Takeover Day

July 28th
Vintage Day at The Museum
Our Vintage Day will see more than 60 veteran motorcycles arrive at the Museum as the Golden Era Motorcycle Club join us for their annual visit.

August 11th
Women's Services Memorial Day
Celebrating the role of women in the Armed Forces and the Centenary of the RAF & WRAF

September 1st
Allied Air Forces Memorial Day - The 2019 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day will also mark the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings.

September 22nd

999! Emergency Services Day - Displays from many branches of the Emergency Services

NB: Events planned at time of going to press. See our Website and Social Media channels for updated information and final confirmation of events.
Some Events will be charged at different admission rates. 

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Telephone: 01904 608595
Web: www.yorkshireairmuseum.org
email: museum@yorkshireairmuseum.org
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