On Thursday 4th June 2015 the Royal Air Force Museum in London will launch their National educational outreach project, the ‘Collections Handling Tour’, here at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, York. This will be the first of only three locations across the UK where people of all ages can interact with unique 100 year old clothing and artefacts from the Great War of 1914 –1918. Items range from flying coats, goggles, helmets, boots, and an example of the famous SIDCOT flying suit will be presented. There are also superb reproductions of some of the items which both children and adults can try on during the sessions.
Another workshop running alongside the handling sessions is the Airfix sponsored ‘Make and Take’ giving the kids the opportunity to be given a model WWI biplane to build and take home with them in a specially designed carrying ‘hangar’!!
Not only this, but to add to the excitement, visitors will be able to see the Yorkshire Air Museum’s collection of four WWI aircraft, two of which are in ‘live’, engine running condition and will be started up regularly to bring the event to life!
The handling tour culminates on Sunday 7th June with the Museum’s ‘Thunder Day’, where several of our live aircraft will be started up, including the SE5a and Eastchurch Kitten WWI fighters; the WWII Douglas Dakota; the 1947 De Havilland Devon twin prop and the big jets Nimrod MR2 XV250 and Victor V-bomber / K2 Tanker XL231 “Lusty Lindy” will provide a the real thunder to conclude the event.