february, 2020

15febAll Day29February Half Term at The MuseumVisit the Museum this half term for a great family day out

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This February half term is a great time to visit the Museum. We’ve a great range of family things to keep everyone busy on a visit to The Yorkshire Air Museum this half term.

Harrier Cockpit Experience

Every Day except Tuesdays
Climb aboard a fast jet and experience the cockpit of our original Hawker Harrier fast jet. Sit in the ejection seat of a fighter pilot as one of our guides explains the amazing technology behind this Vertical Take Off jet.

Free of charge and no need to pre-book.

Dakota Parachute Experience

Every Thursday
Our C47 Dakota is open each day to climb aboard and explore. Climb up the stairs and then experience that sloping floor as you climb upwards to the cockpit. On each Thursday, one of our guides will be helping visitors experience the true wartime paratrooper experience. Sit on the row of seats in the same position as paratroops as they prepare to jump, attach your own static parachute line and prepare to jump in exactly the same way as soldiers did in wartime.

Free of charge, no need to book.

Fun, Informative Talks and Experiences

Every Thursday

Our award winning guides are all around the grounds of the Museum this Half Term and will be presenting a wide range of informal and informative talks all about the Museum, it’s history and some of the achievements of people who served in wartime.

Halifax Talks

Every Friday – All about Friday the Thirteenth. Find our how Friday the 13th was named in WW2, enjoy a detailed exterior tour of the features of our amazing Handley Page Halifax bomber and learn more about the aircrews who flew these aircraft from right here at RAF Elvington in wartime.

Air Transport Auxiliary, The Secrets of SOE, a History of the WRAF and the legend of Amy Johnson.
In today’s air forces, women serve alongside men in the same capacities.Women fighter pilots are no longer considered unusual. And yet is was not always that way. Lesley’s talks explain all about the amazing role of women in wartime, from ATAPilots, to SOE spies and serving in the Women’s Royal Air Force. Learn more Yorkshire’s Amy Johnson and her record breaking achievements.

Artefacts Experience
Every Wednesday
Inside our main hangar, right beside Halifax Friday The 13th, you’ll find a whole array of interesting historic artefacts. From bullets and cannon shells to gas masks for children. Find our more about some of these fascinating exhibits from our collection archive and handle them yourself.

The Radio Shack

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Meet our team that man the Radio Room. You’ll find them at the base of our original Control Tower, in a room packed full of original, fully working radio equipment. Find out how to spell your name in Morse Code and see a fully working SOE spies radio, built into a suitcase as a disguise.

Our radio team are here to answer all your questions and show how communications has evolved from a morse code key to the complex satellites of modern communications that we all enjoy.

Inside the Radio Room – learn more about early radio communications

And don’t forget, deep inside our main hangar you will find many of our aircraft sheltering from the winter weather. This makes it a perfect time to get up close to some aircraft that are sometimes off limits.


february 15 (Saturday) - 29 (Saturday)


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