The Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum announces that planned flypast displays by a WWII Spitfire and the Avro Vulcan XH558 scheduled to appear at the Allied Air Forces Memorial Day are unaffected by recent CAA airshow restrictions following the Shoreham crash.
This 30th Annual International Commemoration Day being held at Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, York, on Sunday 6th September will be attended by the Chief of the Air Staff ACM Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF, the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Royal Air Force Station Commanders and high level diplomatic / Air Force representatives from France, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and Qatar amongst other dignitaries.
The ceremony commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th Anniversary of the return of Elvington’s famous French Bomber Command Squadron’s to France to form the nation’s post war air force. The main focus of the ceremony will be the magnificent Parade, led by the Yorkshire Band of the Royal British Legion with Corps of Drums. The Parade is made up of Air Training Corps cadets, serving RAF personnel and members of numerous Royal Air Force Association, Royal British Legion, Royal Observer Corps and other Associations with Standards. We are honoured that No. 72 Squadron (RAF Linton on Ouse) and No. 100 Squadron (RAF Leeming) Standards will be Paraded along with the National Standards of the Royal Air Forces Association, Royal British Legion and Royal Observer Corps Association and Souvenir Français. These National Standards will be placed on the Drumhead for the Service, and in all, 40 Standards will be presented.
The Service, held in the atmospheric setting of the main display hangar, with the stunning backdrop of the wartime Halifax bomber, will be led by our Honorary Chaplain the Revd. Charles “Taff” Morgan MBE, assisted by the Revd. Squadron Leader Michael Chatfield from the Royal Air Force Chaplaincy, currently based at RAF Leeming. The ceremony will conclude with the Marchpast, Salute and ‘Sunset’ Ceremony with the Dipping of Standards and Lowering of Ensign.
Other highlights will be engine runs of the Museum’s WWI fighters, WWII Douglas Dakota, the 1947 De Havilland Devon twin prop VIP Transport known to have carried Lord Mountbatten, and the “Mighty Hunter” Nimrod MR2 XV250. The Spitfire conducting the flypast display during the event is from the Historic Aircraft Collection, Duxford and flown by Fl. Lt. Charlie Brown, one of Britain’s most experienced pilots of the type and the aircraft is in its original Polish WWII Battle of Britain colours. The grand conclusion will be the appearance of the Avro Vulcan XH558 in possibly its last flight at Elvington.
The representation of the Qatar Emiri Air Force is interesting as it reflects the fact that the Museum’s Hawker Hunter FGA Mk.78 fighter was the first to be flown by the Qatar Emiri Air Force after independence from Britain, with the identification number of QA10. This aircraft is currently being returned to its striking QEAF colours. We are hoping that ex QEAF Commander Major General Ali Al-Marri, who flew the aircraft in 1971, will be attending the event, but not confirmed at present.
Admossion: £10 Adults; £8 Concession; £5 Child and £26.00 Family