The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial is one of the largest independent museums of aviation in the United Kingdom. The museum is located on the former site of RAF Elvington in North Yorkshire, a World War II airfield used extensively by Allied bomber crews.
An Fun and Educational Family Day Out
Yorkshire Air Museum are passionate about educating the public in the history of aviation. The museum sits on a 20-acre site with lots of exhibits for guests to view including a large aircraft and vehicle collection.
What’s on Offer at Yorkshire Air Museum?
Yorkshire Air Museum offers an amazing day out for the whole family with a large aircraft collection on display, bomber command exhibition, a Control Tower to explore and much more…
The museum’s main T2 Canadian hanger is home to a large aircraft collection with further aircraft located around the museum grounds. One of the highlights being a Handley Page Halifax III Bomber, a full reconstruction based on the recovered fuselage of an original WW2 Halifax Bomber, only one of its kind in the UK.
Pre WW2 Aircraft
From the tiny Flying Flea to the famous SE-5A WW1 fighter, the collection of pre-World War Two aircraft is a great study of early aviation. It’s a great way to learn about early flight and its icons.
The World War Two Aircraft collection is probably best known for the Handley Page Halifax “Friday The 13th”. But the collection extends beyond this famous machine to encompass aircraft as diverse as the Spitfire and the WACO glider, towed behind Allied bombers and crewed by courageous troops. The Douglas Dakota served around the globe before retiring to live in the museums Canadian Hangar.
Post WW2 Aircraft
With two examples of the Tornado on display, it can be difficult to comprehend that the aircraft only recently retired from RAF duty and is now a museum exhibit. View cold war icons such as the Victor Tanker, Hawker Hunters, Lockheed T33, Gloster Meteors, Buccaneers, Javelin and so many more.
Cold War Aircraft
The collection of military Cold War aircraft complements the Post World War Two Aircraft collection and shows the rapidly advancing technology of the jet and turbine era. Several aircraft are kept in running, taxiing condition and participate in Thunder Days events where visitors can see and hear the roar of turbojet engines once more.
The museum showcases a varied collection of historic military vehicles, from huge, heavy-duty aircraft tugs big enough to move a large airliner, all the way to small utility vehicles. Far from being static exhibits, you will see many of these old machines working each day in the museum as the engineering staff use them to move aircraft around, refuel and work on them.
There are a wide range of exhibits to view on your visit to Yorkshire Air Museum including the restoration hanger, Pioneers of Aviation, Air Gunners, Bomber Command and many more…
The Control Tower
At the centre of the museum, you will find The original RAF Elvington control tower. It was one of the first buildings to be restored by the Museum’s volunteers, accurately representing how the building looked in wartime.
Downstairs, the radio room and other areas show the typical equipment used to communicate with aircraft on the aerodrome. Upstairs, the operations are overseen by a controller and associated staff, with boards showing aircraft status, in flight or missing and overdue.
Food and Drink
Based in the old Naafi building, Cafe 77 (named after one of the WW2 squadrons based at RAF Elvington) serves a range of sandwiches, drinks and snacks.
Yorkshire Air Museum is one of the many attractions fantastic attractions in and around the city of York included with York Pass.
Travelling to Yorkshire Air Museum
If you are travelling to the attraction by car then take the A64 to York and exit at the Grimston Bar roundabout (Hull A1079 and Bridlington). Take the exit for Hull then turn immediately right on the B1228 towards Elvington and the Air Museum and follow the brown tourist signs.
Travelling by Train
Yorkshire Air Museum is on the outskirts of York. The nearest railway station is in the centre of York, you would then need to get a taxi to Yorkshire Air Museum. York Railway Station has great links to major cities across the UK. Search for your train tickets using the Raileasy website.
It’s possible to fly into the Yorkshire Air Museum. You’ll find the huge runway at Elvington Airfield right next door. To fly in, you will need to contact them direct.
Travelling by Coach
Visit National Holidays if you want to travel by coach to York.
If you prefer self-catering, check out some of the lovely places to stay on the outskirts of the City of York on Snaptrip.
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