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Yorkshire Air Museum


Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial is one of the largest independent museums of aviation in the United Kingdom. It sits on the former site of RAF Elvington in North Yorkshire, a World War II airfield used extensively by allied bomber crews. Our museum is a registered charity dedicated to the history of aviation which was also set up as a memorial to all allied air forces personnel, particularly those who served in the Royal Air Force during WWII.

See the only complete WWII Halifax bomber in Europe, climb aboard the Douglas C-47 Dakota, the aircraft famed for its role in the airborne invasion of the D-Day Landings and stand up close to our examples of the famous WWII Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.

You will also find a Gloster Meteor, Britain’s first jet fighter and many aircraft from the Cold War era with exciting, evocative names such as Lightning, Hunter, the Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer, Nimrod and the awesome and still futuristic looking Victor V-Bomber.

From the birth of flight, you can also see the only example of Sir George Cayley’s historic man-carrying glider of 1853, the only full size replica in Europe of a Wright Flyer, the world’s first powered aircraft, and the intriguing Blackburn Mercury Monoplane.

There is indeed a great deal for the visitor to discover during a day out with us. Based on an authentic WWII Bomber Command Station, the former RAF Elvington, we maintain the authentic atmosphere of the period, whilst housing superb displays and exhibits, such as the Bomber Command exhibition “Against the Odds”, which is now the definitive national presentation on this subject. Similarly, the “Pioneers of Aviation” exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Yorkshire’s literally ground -breaking role in the birth of manned flight, with Sir George Cayley, renowned as the Father of Aeronautics and the inventor of the aeroplane, who was born in Scarborough in December 1773. The exhibition also explores Leeds born Robert Blackburn who established a hugely successful aircraft manufacturing business; Hull born aviator Amy Johnson, whose daring exploits and solo flights to Australia and South Africa are indeed the stuff of legend. The work of Sir Barnes Wallis on the R101 airship at Howden is also explored and the exhibition features a dramatic interpretation of the famous ‘Dambuster raids’ with the Bouncing Bomb.

The Museum prides itself on being a dedicated Memorial to the Allied Air Forces and the tranquil Memorial Gardens provide a peaceful haven to reflect on the service and sacrifice of so many brave young airmen and women, from WWI to the present day.

With so much to see, we have an excellent restaurant in which visitors can enjoy a tasty meal, snacks and refreshments during their stay with us.

Most importantly, the Museum is a place of discovery and certainly much more than just an air museum!


Yorkshire Air Museum

Halifax Way,


Yorkshire, YO41 4AU

Tel: 01904 608595



(click map for directions)

Opening times:


April - October

10am - 5pm daily


November - March

10am - 4pm daily (check if open during bad weather)

Admission Prices:


Adult - £14.00

Children Under 4 - Free

Children 4 – 17 years - £6.00

Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) - £35.00

Family (1 adult, up to 3 children) - £21.00

Student / Military Veterans - £10.00

Carers - Free

Group bookings of 10 or more – contact us



Gift Shop


(seating for 200)

Meeting and Conference facilities

Aircraft exhibits:


Pre-Second World War Aircraft

Avro 504K ‘H1968’ BAPC.42 Replica
Blackburn Mercury Monoplane 1911 BAPC.130 Replica
Cayley Glider BAPC.89 Replica
Mignet HM.14 Pou-du-Ciel ‘G-AFFI’ BAPC.76
Port Victoria P.V.8 Eastchurch Kitten ‘N540’ Replica
Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c ‘6232’ BAPC.41 Replica
Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A ‘F943’ Replica
Wright Flyer 1903 BAPC.28 Replica

Second World War Aircraft

De Havilland Mosquito NF.II HJ711
Douglas Dakota IV C-47B KN353 G-AMYJ
Fairchild Argus II FK338
Handley Page Halifax II(III) ‘LV907’
Hawker Hurricane I ‘P3873’ BAPC.265 Replica
Messerschmitt 109G-6 BAPC.240 Replica
Slingsby T.7 (Kirby Cadet TX.1) RA854
Supermarine Spitfire I ‘R6690’ BAPC.254 Replica
Waco Hadrian CG-4A ‘237123’ BAPC.157

Post-Second World War Aircraft

Air Command Sports Elite Gyroplane G-TFRB
Avro Anson T.21 VV901
Beagle (Auster) Terrier 2 ‘TJ704’ G-ASCD
Hawker Siddeley (Blackburn) Buccaneer S.2 XN974
Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B XX901
Dassault Mirage IIIE 538
De Havilland Vampire D.H.100 T11
English Electric Canberra T.4 WH846
English Electric Lightning F.6 XS903
Europa Prototype 001 G-YURO
Fairey Gannet AEW 3 XL502
Gloster Javelin F(AW).9 XH767
Gloster Meteor F.8 WL168 ‘WK864’
Armstrong-Whitworth (Gloster) Meteor NF.14 WS788
Handley-Page Herald HPR.7 (cockpit)
Handley-Page Victor K.2 XL231
Hawker Harrier G.R.3 XV748
Hawker Hunter FGA.78 N-268
Hawker Hunter T.7 XL572 ‘XL571’
Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.4 XP640
Lockheed/Canadair CL-30 (CT-133) Silver Star 21417
Mainair Demon 175/Tri-Flyer 330 ‘G-MJRA’ Microlight
Panavia Tornado GR1 ZA354
Panavia Tornado GR4 XZ631
Westland-Sikorsky Dragonfly HR.5 WH991
Saro Skeeter AOp 12 XM535 (G-AWSV)
BAe Systems Nimrod MR2 XV250
Dassault Mirage IV A BR45

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