The springtime weather was accompanied by a cold northerly wind on Sunday, though that did not deter visitors to the Museum, who once again arrived in their hundreds to enjoy the dry weather and a chance to see the Museum’s live aircraft all running together for the first time this year.
The rare development Buccaneer XN974 was without doubt the star of the day, as pilot Olly Suckling enjoyed winding up the engines to the delight of everyone before taxiing forwards to demonstrate the unique features of this lovely old aircraft. As it was sixty years since the first flight of the Buccaneer, our team were able to show all three of our Cold War jets together, while inside The Elvington Room, a talk by Wing Commander David Herriot, Secretary of the Buccaneer Aircrew Association, was very popular as he talked about the development of this important jet.
Outside throughout the day, the Museum’s volunteer teams all worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that both propellor driven and jet powered aircraft all worked faultlessly, even if the Dakota did insist on being a little grumpy!
Here’s a photo gallery from the day, which shows just a few of the great team of engineers, guides and stewards who all work to bring the aircraft and the Museum to live for each event.
The changing wind conditions meant that Victor XL231 ran her engines a little earlier than normal, so some visitors may have missed the Fire and Rescue Team’s demonstration of the mighty Pathfinder and also a practice casualty extraction from the Nimrod. So if you departed a little early, scroll down for some pictures of the safety team at work, together with brave test casualty Fiona, who agreed to be attached to the rescue stretcher for the entire duration.