The Museum is a living memorial to all allied air forces personnel, especially the tens of thousands of young people who gave their lives in the Second World War and indeed in conflicts before and since then. We aim to be relevant to present day generations by explaining, in a realistic way, what life was like on a typical wartime bomber station, as well as portraying the history of aviation. Yorkshire has a special place in the historical development of aviation and continues to be a home to aircraft manufacture and development. From Sir George Cayley, the world-renowned” Father of Aeronautics”, to other Yorkshire aviation pioneers such as Robert Blackburn and Amy Johnson, we are justly proud of the region’s rich heritage. Throughout the site you can explore aspects of design and technology dating from the 1850s right up to the present day. All of these make The Yorkshire Air Museum an exciting and informative attraction. Our visitors love the ambience and unhurried atmosphere, whether it is in our restaurant or shop, our restoration workshops or our displays, which make it such an excellent day out for enthusiasts and families alike.
The Yorkshire Air Museum is found just outside York at the former RAF Elvington Air Base, which was operational in World War II. The museum still retains the aura of heroic wartime deeds; be sure to make a note to check when there are memorial events. The museum presents the visitor with so many possibilities that it is advisable to plan the visit well. Volunteers are usually on hand to answer questions and aid the visitors. Take one of their guided tours or join one of their open cockpit events.There are scores of things to do, see, and buy. You can picnic in the designated area or have something to eat at the restaurant that resembles the NAAFI one of old. The museum lends itself wonderfully to school outings, corporate events, training, launches, a ball or a wedding. There is even a bus service to the museum. Dog friendly.