The Museum’s first Thunder Day of the year was blessed with beautiful blue skies on Sunday. This summery backdrop was the perfect canvas to complement the newly unveiled colour scheme of Buccaneer XN974. After a winter of overhaul work, this rare prototype jet looked magnificent with her high gloss colour scheme and was a huge hit with our visitors as she taxied a short distance under her own power before demonstrating her systems and folding wings.
We are really fortunate to be able to offer an entire cross section of the history of aviation, all in live running order, in what is probably a unique collection of live aircraft in one location. Swapping from the modern high res vest to authentic period dress, Brian Whatmough and Graham Sharpe ran our WW1 period biplanes twice during the day before our big piston engined Dakota and Devon enjoyed a trouble free and smoky engine start.
Meanwhile at the opposite end of the museum, the pair of Cold War jets, Nimrod and Victor, both flexed their jet power against the chocks to the appreciation of our visitors.
Don’t forget to check our calendar for more updates on our busy summer schedule including a long awaited return to the Elvington runway for a high speed Rolling Thunder Day in August. Our volunteer teams would like to thank everyone for their support once again, it was great to see so many family visitors enjoying the sunshine.