The Yorkshire Air Museum is home to the unique exhibit of Halifax Friday the 13th. For many people, the prime reason to visit the museum is to see this amazing aircraft in person. Very often, we welcome visitors who are direct descendants of wartime Halifax aircrew. For them, becoming acquainted with this historic aircraft can be a very emotional event.
Created over an extended period by a dedicated team of volunteers here at the Museum, the Halifax carries the famous Royal Air Force markings of Friday the 13th along one side. On the other, the French Air Force markings of the Squadrons that flew Halifax from here at RAF Elvington commemorate their sacrifice.
The Halifax is known the world over and receives much attention from British visitors and descendants of former Allied Air Forces aircrew who come to York from as far as Australia and Canada to visit the aircraft flown by their relatives during the war. When bookings are first made with the Museum’s office, there is always a preliminary discussion with the visitor to understand their motivation for viewing the aircraft and any relevant historical or family link they may have.
Our guides conducting Halifax viewings have spent countless hours learning about the history of this aircraft and the role of Halifaxes within Bomber Command. In addition, when delivering a pre-booked personalised viewing of the aircraft to relatives of a former Bomber Command aircrew, they carefully undertake prior research on the person’s service records and provide details to the visitor which they may not have known about their relatives’ experience. Visitor reviews on Trip Advisor have highlighted the emotional connection visitors have experienced during their visit – with the aircraft and, more importantly with their deceased family member – and the immense satisfaction they have felt at having been so well looked after during their viewing.
Halifax Tours can be booked directly with the Museum team. To gain an insight into the amazing interior of the aircraft the 360VR image below gives an immersive view. You can find more 360VR views here.