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Yorkshire Air Museum
Halifax Way
Elvington
York

YO41 4AU
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Telephone: 01904 608 595
Fax: 01904 608 846

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Overview of collections

The Yorkshire Air Museum has a collection of Pre- and Post World War II as well as aircraft used in that conflict, 41 in total and 17 military vehicles, which are being restored to original specification and roadworthy condition;
a record of all the airfields us ed by the RAF in Britain compiled by Guy Jefferson and a record of all aircraft crash sites in Yorkshire; a comprehensive aviation library and an extensive collection of historical documents and photographs relating to RAF, RAAF and RCAF Squadrons which served in Yorkshire. It also has a Barnes Wallis Collection and a large uniform and air gunners collection.

Overview of how collections are displayed

A fascinating and dynamic museum, authentically based on a World War Two Bomber Command Station made possible as the displaysuse a wartime film made by the French authorities showed Elvington as it had been in 1944. The volunteer workers were thus able to set up an accurate replica, right down to the packet of Woodbine cigarettes on top of the 'ops' desk in the control tower.The displays include the original Control Tower, Air Gunners' Collection, Barnes Wallis' prototype 'bouncing bomb', a new Airborne Forces Displayand the rapidly expanding collection of historical aircraft depicts aviation from its earliest days, to World War Two with the unique Halifax rebuild through to post war jets and an historic vehicle collection, archives, uniforms and other data about RAF and WRAF and stations in the war. The museum's first Open Day was on 11th August 1985 and it opened as a museum to the public for the first time on 31st May 1986.
Collection Descriptions
Archives Collection (Yorkshire Air Museum)
There is a comprehensive record of all the airfields used by the RAF in Britain compiled by Guy Jefferson and a recor...
Arms & Armour Collection (Yorkshire Air Museum)
is believed to be the only one of its type in the world and is dedicated to the memory of the 20,000 Air Gunners who...
Costume & Textile Collection (Yorkshire Air Museum)
The large Uniform Collection, only part of which is displayed, includes examples of practically every RAF, WAAF and W...
Personalia Collection (Yorkshire Air Museum)
Sir Barnes Wallis was born in 1887 and first made his name with the design for the dirigible R-100 airship. In the 19...
Transport Collection (Yorkshire Air Museum)
These collections are the core of the museum comprising 41 aircraft and 17 vehicles covering the pre and post World W...

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