Yorkshire Air Museum, York
If you like airplanes and travel to North of England you MUST COME HERE! Yes, this originally small air museum is quickly becoming a menace for London's or Duxford's. Why? Come here and discover Elvington Airfield -or York Air Museum-.
Still not much referenced at trip pages or leaflets, this astoundlingly well prepared and assorted museum may consider itself a milestone in many ways.
- Firstly, these tracks were the original landing place for heavy bombers Halifax from 4th Group, some of its squadrons flown greatly by french airmen. They suffered heavy losses flying raids over Germany in the Battle of Ruhr or over Berlin. The historic meaning of the place is clear.
- Site of the last Luftwaffe crash over Britain.
- The longest runway at the north of Britain.
- The place where the Blakburn company made the test flights of its supersonic jet Buccaneer.
With time, some nostalgic ex-airmen took the challenge to turn the decaying airfield to its best turning it a museum at the same time. The enterprise was so a complete private adventure that has shown to work. The restored facilities opened to the public in 1986 and they are under constant growth and remodeling. Just now they may be proud of some unique features:
- They've restored the facilities to their wartime state being so, perhaps the only Britain's airfield preserved as it was at WWII.
- Its many hangars enclose different and interesting shows. One of them is probably the only show in the world about air gunnery at WWII with gun turrets from different airplanes of the era.
- The collection is growing, so apart from the open air exhibition and the main hangar, a new big hangar is being planned.
- The airplane collection shows some unique items, especially about British planes of all era, difficult to find in a museum. i.e: the spectacular Handley-Page Halifax bomber "Friday the thirteen", the Gloster Meteor -two planes, one of them with an unusual big radar nose-, supersonic BAe Lightning, the enormous Handley-Page Victor, the more recent BAe Nimrod or the rare carrier-based early jet Gloster Javelin are a good example.
But here there are much more things to discover while briefing at the atmospheric 40's cafe or at the well assorted gift-shop. Air fans are lucky here!
The museum is a collection of items from the history of flight from a glider from 1853 to a new Tornado jet.
There is a war time Halifax bomber and also a Mosquito to see. The museum is housed in the old RAF Elvington RAF base and there are many other exhibits to see including the restored control tower and RAF memorabilia items.
There is a NAAFI style restaurant.
Admission in 2008 costs £5 per adult, £3 children and £4 OAP. Fully disabled accessible.
Yorkshire Air Museum.
The aim of the museum is to preserve part of a typical wartime airfield as a memorial to the Allied air and ground crews who served in World War II.
See the Halifax and Mosquito re-builds; one of the last lightnings and a Buccaneer, Hunter, Canberra, JP, the Victor tanker 'Lusty Linda' and many other aircraft.
Enter the authentically restored Flying Control Tower, visit the 609 (WR) Squadron room, the Air Gunners' display and that of the Royal Observer Corps. Enjoy the Blackburn Heritage Collection and other equipment and artefacts displays.
The Barnes Wallis Collection
From Airships to bouncing bombs, Wellingtons to the Swallow concept, and many other inventions. Learn about the achievements of this 'Genius of our time'.
Call in at the friendly NAAFI/Restaurant to enjoy modern home cooking and its licensed bar, ideal for private functions. Reflect for a few moments in the peaceful Memorial Garden.
The Rayson Shop
Visit the museum shop for a wide selection of aviation gifts.
Halifax Way Elvington, York, YO4 5AU