“What is it like inside the cockpit?” It’s a subject we have been asked many times over the years and on Sunday 2nd of June, we were finally able to show everyone what exactly is inside the cockpits of a selection of the Museum’s aircraft. Our very first Open Cockpits Day proved to be incredibly […]
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On the 16th of May 1944, a French Tricolour flag was raised in the centre of RAF Elvington and a grainy black and white photograph was created. It marked the day that No 346 ‘Guyenne” Squadron was officially formed here in what are now the grounds of the Museum. The following month they were joined […]
Against The Odds 2019 was the third year of welcoming the amazing re-enactor crews, dancers and singers to the Museum. The weekend was truly inspirational as visitors of all ages filled the Museum to capacity and we all enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere in the sunshine. The theme this year was, of course, D Day so […]
In a world where 52% of the population is made up of women, we are truly fortunate that in Europe in 2019, women are no longer considered as merely taking on a ‘support’ role to men. Today, women serve in front line positions alongside their male counterparts as never before. It is now over 100 […]
In the early hours if the morning of April 29th, 1942, German bombers attacked York. Often referred to as the York Blitz, the attack took place at 2:36am on Tuesday 29th April 1942, when some 40 German Luftwaffe bombers crossed the East coast of England between Flamborough Head and Hornsea, with their sights set firmly […]
The Yorkshire Air Museum is home to the unique exhibit of Halifax Friday the 13th. For many people, the prime reason to visit the museum is to see this amazing aircraft in person. Very often, we welcome visitors who are direct descendants of wartime Halifax aircrew. For them, becoming acquainted with this historic aircraft can […]
Many people will be aware that the aircraft here at the Museum are cared for by a team of volunteer engineers. Many of these skilled tradesmen are either retired air force technicians while others are still actively serving in the Royal Air Force and give up free time to take pleasure in maintaining our aircraft. […]
It’s that day when the Christmas Jumpers are shaken down and checked for tightness. If they’re tighter than last year, then the Christmas Pudding may be off limits. We’re talking, of course, about the Yorkshire Air Museum staff and volunteer Christmas Lunch. Normally sensible engineers, guides and stewards show their true colours as the navy […]
His Excellency Monsieur Jean Paul Jouyet made his first visit to the City of York yesterday following his appointment as French Ambassador to Britain. The City has some notable Anglo French connections and we are proud that Ambassador also made a visit to us here at The Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington where he laid a […]
In the 100 years since the Armistice that marked the end of The Great War, air power has grown to be a pivotal force in global conflicts. The Royal Air Force was also formed in 1918 and as we draw to the end of the RAF100 commemorations this year, it seems entirely appropriate that representatives […]
On the 11th of November at 11:00am in 1918, the guns finally fell silent. The Great War, as it came to be known, ended. There were, of course, no victorious celebrations. Unlike the Second World War that sadly followed, there was no real, clear winner. However there were many casualties and broken lives. At the […]
This Sunday was the second running of 999 Emergency Day and it proved to be incredibly popular, with visitors queuing at the museum entrance as we opened at 10:00am. While the day was a chance to enjoy the Museum’s attractions, more importantly, it was also a chance to meet the hugely diverse range of North […]