The impromptu flypast of the Douglas DC3 Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight over the Yorkshire Air Museum today provided a great preview for the forthcoming Battlegroup North event taking place over the weekend of 11th and 12th May here at Elvington. The Dakota has been tasked to perform a full flypast on the Saturday (11th) and, weather permitting, should perform several circuits over the assembled crowd.
The event encompasses a Wargaming Show, with precision model battle scenarios provided by enthusiasts of this remarkable hobby from wargaming clubs and societies across the region and beyond. But, more than this, it also offers the largest historic military vehicle rally to be seen in the North of England, organised by the Yorkshire Military Vehicle Trust, and the final strand is the superb Living History diorama’s displaying their kit, equipment, uniforms and weapons for the public to admire and learn about.
In addition to the much anticipated Dakota flypast, for the first time this year the event will feature fast taxi runs of our ‘live’ big jets down Elvington Airfield’s long runway, courtesy of Elvington Events. It has been some while since the Handley Page Victor V Bomber / K2 Tanker XL231 “Lusty Lindy”, Nimrod MR2 XV250 and Blackburn Buccaneer XN974 have fully stretched their legs, so the excitement is mounting! It is planned for the Buccaneer to run on both days, whilst the Nimrod will run on the Saturday and the Victor on the Sunday. Our other live propeller aircraft, the WWI Royal Aircraft Company SE5a bi-plane and the 1947 De Havilland Devon twin prop RAF VIP transport will also be fired up on the Museum site on both days.
All this in addition to the Yorkshire Air Museum’s many fascinating, award winning exhibitions and large collection of historic aircraft and vehicles will make for a fantastic day out for the family to enjoy.
Today’s unexpected flypast was a great treat for visitors and the Dakota looked and sounded fabulous! Three cheers for BBMF!!
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