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One of the largest independent museums dedicated to aircraft in the UK, the Yorkshire Air Museum is based on the grounds of the former RAF Elvington base, just southeast of the city of York. The Museum is home to the Allied Air Forces Memorial and during the Second World War was the home of RAF No 77 Squadron as well as the only two French bomber squadrons to operate out of England during the war.

There are more than 40 exhibits and aircraft on display including the UK’s only remaining complete Halifax bomber, the only Dassault Mirage IV nuclear jet outside of France and a working collection of historic aircraft that remain well maintained due to a diligent team of volunteer engineers.

Ideal for a family day out, the tremendous atmosphere of this award-winning attraction allows visitors to immerse themselves in fascinating displays, aircraft, exhibitions and so much more. The example Halifax bomber is a definite highlight, as it is just one of only two remaining intact aircraft of its kind in the world.

The Bomber Command exhibition, restored Control Tower and Air Gunners Room all provide a fantastic insight into how the former RAF base was used during its wartime heyday. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of allied aircrews of all nations, from just after the turn of the 20th century right up to the present day.

The 20-acre facility includes attractive Memorial Gardens that offer a tranquil place to pause and reflect on people who have lost their lives during the conflict. A great place to also visit is the Allied Air Forces Memorial is right in its midst and lists the names of people who served during the World War, and in particular, is set as a reminder of RAF Squadron 77 who were based at Elvington.

The ‘Pioneers of Aviation exhibition looks at the origins of aviation, beyond just the use of aircraft in a military context, and shows the work of famous characters of the aviation world that had links to Yorkshire such as Sir George Cayley, Robert Blackburn, Amy Johnson and Sir Barnes Wallis. The fascinating “Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins” exhibition covers the development of lighter-than-air flight and in particular the role of airships in the First World War.

Visitors can discover Yorkshire’s pioneering Cayley Glider alongside the famous Wright Flyer and fighters that were made famous during the Battle of Britain such as the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. More contemporary jets are also included in the Museum such as the Mirage 4 and Tornado GR4 which bring the exhibits right up to the supersonic age! A fantastic read.

There are currently seven aircraft that can fly from the Yorkshire Air Museum, maintained in ground running condition and available for use at various aerial displays held throughout the UK. There is also an onsite café that provides a varied menu suited for the whole family – it gives the perfect place to enjoy some refreshments during your visit.

The Museum is an accredited VAQAS Quality Attraction as recognized by Visit Britain, the national tourism organisation. The Museum also holds the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.