Summer 2019 Family Days Out at The Museum

We are open each day from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Enjoy free parking on site as you explore the museum. Full details of admission prices and family tickets at this link right here. And don’t forget we’re dog friendly!

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May Bank Holiday Weekend at The Yorkshire Air Museum

5th May 2018 - 7th May 2018

The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be a busy period for the Museum and will be a great opportunity for a family day out in Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Air Museum is considered to be one of the top visitor attractions for days out in Yorkshire. Our team of volunteer guides and stewards consistently win awards of ‘Certificate of Excellence’ on Trip Advisor, where we are considered one of the top ten things to do in York.

The new RAF 100 themed visitor map and adventure trail is a great way to learn more about the history of the Royal Air Force and the role that our location here at RAF Elvington played in wartime.

Make sure you get .a copy of the Museum's RAF100 quiz trail when you visit.
Make sure you get .a copy of the Museum’s RAF100 quiz trail when you visit.

So whether you are travelling from outside of Yorkshire or are living more locally, here is our list of great things to do at Half Term when you visit the Museum. Don’t forget, our NAAFI style restaurant serves hot food and snacks each day, with adult and half size portions for appetites of all sizes.

Bank Holiday Monday is Propeller Day!
On Bank Holiday Monday, the Museum’s volunteer engineering team will be running our four vintage propellor driven aircraft.

This is a wonderful chance to come along and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of these lovely old aircraft running live within the grounds of the Museum.

Our Vintage propellor aircraft will be running on Bank Holiday Monday
Our Vintage propellor aircraft will be running on Bank Holiday Monday

Explore a Cockpit in the Air Power Zone,
Daily, HP Hangar, Building 19
Our Canberra Bomber cockpit is exactly how the aircraft was configured in active service. Alongside the Canberra, we have a Jet Provost cockpit and a Handley Page Herald airliner, giving you a chance to experience the environment that trainee fighter pilots learned their trade in and view the flight deck of a vintage 1950’s airliner.
Put on a flying suit from our dress-up station and climb inside one of the cockpits for a souvenir picture!
Watch out for our collection of air power weapons, including the impressive nuclear bomb and the Russian Shilka anti aircraft vehicle while you’re there.

Meet Our Mirage IV
Daily, T2 Hangar
Our Mirage IV nuclear jet arrived in March 2017 and has become a firm favourite with Museum visitors. The Mirage was a gift to the Museum from the French Air Force in recognition of the special relationship enjoyed by the people of the City of York and the French airmen who escaped from occupied France lived and served alongside the Royal Air Force in WW2. Visitors can walk beneath the nose of this amazingly beautiful Cold War Jet and compare her to Halifax Friday the 13th alongside. Read more about the Mirage IV project here.

Aircraft Collection
Daily, entire site
With over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles, our collections span the entire history of flight from the early pioneers of aviation through both world wars and on through the Cold War era. Our collection of Cold War Jets is always very popular, while we have a very diverse range of World War Two aircraft too.

Dakota Experience
Daily, T2 Hangar or outside
Climb aboard our C47 Dakota, one of the world’s most famous military transport aircraft used by the Allies during WWII.
Most days the big doors used for loading cargo or dispensing paratroopers are open for visitors to climb inside and experience that steeply inclined floor up to the old cockpit.

Visit the Radio Room
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Radio Room, Building 12
Here we have a whole range of authentic, fully working period radios carefully tended to by our expert volunteer team. Learn more about these devices, take a look at our Special Operations Executive (SOE) radio concealed inside a suitcase and learn how to spell your name in Morse Code.

Fly a Halifax
Daily, Bomber Command, Building 9
Use our simulator to fly the iconic WWII Bomber aircraft Halifax. Can you land without crashing?*
*a £1 charge applies.

Air Gunnery Simulator
Daily, Air Gunners, Building 3
Be a ‘tail-end’ Charlie. Have a go at our air gunnery simulator*. Your aircraft is attacked by six Me110 twin-engine fighters and you have a magazine of 57 rounds to defend yourself!
*a £1 charge applies.

Who was Amy Johnson?
Daily, Building 20
75 years after her death, learn about local aviation heroine Amy Johnson and listen to a recording of her talking about her Gypsy Moth biplane ‘Jason’ upon arriving in Australia in 1930 after flying 11,000 miles on her own. While you’re there, you can also have a go at designing your own aircraft on our design simulator.

Terror from the sky, Daily, Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins
Building 4
Find out how the Zeppelin was born, how big it was, what made it fly and what is was originally used for. Learn about England’s response to the new threat of air raids in World War One.

Our Plan Your Visit page gives details of transport links, opening hours and how to find us, together with many of the questions we are most frequently asked.


5th May 2018
7th May 2018
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The Yorkshire Air Museum
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The Yorkshire Air Museum
Yorkshire Air Museum, Halifax Way
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