Yorkshire Air Museum
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The Yorkshire Air Museum occupies the site of former RAF Elvington in North Yorkshire, a World War Two airfield used extensively by Allied bomber crews during the war. It is also the home of the The Allied Air Forces Memorial. The museum was founded, and first opened to the public, in the early 1980s. The 20-acre (81,000 m2) parkland site, which has held the Yorkshire in Bloom, Silver Gilt Award 3 times, includes buildings and hangars, some of which are "listed", and the site incorporates a 7-acre (28,000 m2) managed environment area.
The huge range of exhibits and collections span the entire history of flight, from the early pioneers of aviation, through both world wars and on through the Cold War era. At present there are over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles and, The Post World War Two collection being one of the most comprehensive in Britain. From the 1853 Cayley Governable Parachute through to the current GR4 Panavia Tornado, the Museum represents the history of aviation in Britain.The Museum has around 50 aircraft spanning the development of aviation from 1853 up to the latest GR4 Tornado. Several aircraft including Victor, Nimrod, Buccaneer, Sea Devon, SE5a, Eastchurch Kitten; DC3 Dakota; are kept live and operated on special "Thunder Days" during the year. Over 20 historic vehicles and a Registered Archive containing over 500,000 historic artefacts and documents are also preserved at the Museum, which is also the Official Archive for the National Aircrew Association and National Air Gunners Association.
The museum shop offers a selection of carefully chosen gifts for aviation enthusiasts. From amazing publications such as the Ferry Pilots Notes, to aircraft sponsorship options which allow you to support the museum's aircraft and enjoy personal tours of your chosen aircraft, there will be something in our store for everyone.
The museum is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.