The Yorkshire Air Museum’s eagerly awaited “Rolling Thunder” Day, which celebrates the 5th Anniversary of the fly-in of the mighty Nimrod MR2 XV250, will indeed be rolling again thanks to the intervention of Terberg DTS UK. The firm, who have a base in Halifax, are carrying out a repair to the monitor (water jet) of our Pathfinder Airfield Fire Tender, which is used to provide the necessary fire cover for the fast jet taxi runs that this event features. As it was not possible to complete this repair in time for the event, the company has come up trumps and is supplying a similar vehicle for our Fire Team to use.
Terberg provide fire vehicles, foam, equipment and support to the aviation industry and have been a huge source of support to the Museum’s Fire Team, unique in the museum sector, over recent years, through the enthusiasm of Managing Director Alisdair Couper. The vehicle they are providing is a six-wheel drive Carmichael Cobra Major Foam Vehicle, which, like the Pathfinder, is a full size airport fire truck.
XV250 will mark her anniversary in style with not one but two full fast taxi runs down Elvington Airfield’s 1.9 mile runway, to thrill the crowds, recalling the moment when, on 13th April 2010, the Nimrod touched down for the last time to end its 40 years of RAF service. The aircraft has been lovingly kept in full ground operational condition by a team of former Nimrod air and ground crew and other Museum volunteers.
There will be other aircraft joining the party, as our live WWI fighters, the SE5a and diminutive Eastchurch Kitten, will start proceedings in the morning with evocative engine starts, recalling the day’s of close combat aerial dogfights.
In the afternoon, after a ceremony to unveil and Dedicate a new Memorial Plaque to the Air Transport Auxiliary, the airfield activities will start at 2:15pm with the first public runway dash by the super 1947 DeHavilland Devon twin-prop, followed by the Nimrod with her two runs, finally culminating with a full engine start of the Victor V Bomber / K2 Tanker XL231, “Lusty Lindy”. This event has also been very kindly sponsored by Steve Thompson from Moorcroft Service Station, Woodthorpe, York, who has made a donation to the provision of fuel to facilitate the aircraft runs
So, a fabulous chance awaits to hear and see some live aircraft in action, along with a poignant ceremony to mark the contribution of the famous ‘ferry pilots’ of WWII.
Admission from 10:00am: £10 Adults; £8 Concession and £5 Children.