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Summer Holidays at the Yorkshire Air Museum!

Thu Jul 18 - Fri Aug 30

Summer Holidays at the Yorkshire Air Museum!

The Dakota Paratrooper Experience
Our C47 Dakota is an original paratroop aircraft, used for dropping special forces over enemy territory. Every Thursday throughout the day, you can experience what life must have been like for a paratrooper as they prepared to parachute into battle in the skies over D Day.

This presentation is around thirty minutes and our guides will explain the preparations needed by paratroopers immediately before jumping and how the Dakota was used as a parachute plane.

Listen to the sounds of a Jump Master as he commands everyone to stand and prepare to jump from the Dakota and wait for the red light to turn green, ready to jump.

Learn about early parachute technology that was used in WW2 and how soldiers carried all of the equipment with them as they jump into battle.

Details for Access to The Dakota Experience
Every Thursday from 18th July to 29th August
The Dakota Experience is free of charge and runs at various times throughout the day.
You need to be able to climb the stairs into the Dakota, similar to the airliner steps you ascend to go on holiday
Loud sound effects and commentary form part of the Dakota Experience
Sensible shoes are advisable, though not essential

Children’s Trails to Explore the Museum
Pick up your Future Pilots Trail and Summer of Space Trails, two great ways to explore the Museum and learn more about the amazing aircraft exhibits you will find here at Elvington.

Future Pilots Trail – Become a Future Pilot to discover the Museum and earn your wings. Be sure to collect your Future Pilot Qualification Sticker from the Museum shop at the end of your exploration.

Summer of Space Trail – This year is 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing. Use our Summer of Space trail to discover the links between the Museum’s aircraft and man’s quest to land on the moon. Learn how hot it can be in space and yet how cold it can be aboard the Museum’s Halifax in wartime and lots of other cool facts.

Hands On History
Each Monday, join our guides and learn what life was like to be growing up in wartime. In the days before Facebook and Snapchat, how did children keep in touch and how scary was it to have been growing up and going to school in World War Two.

Find out what it was like to wear a gas mask, what everyone used to eat and how families used to deal with the idea of being at war.

Hands on History Details

Location – The Air Gunners Room
Every Monday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Free of charge

The Tornado Experience – Cockpit Tour
A unique opportunity to experience the environment of a fast jet pilot.

  • Climb aboard the Tornado GR4, sit in the pilot’s ejection seat and enjoy a guided tour of the systems aboard this RAF jet.
  • See what it was like to fly this amazing, multi role jet and find out more about it’s capabilities first hand.
  • Learn about the swing wing and how the pilot changed the wing position in flight.
  • Our guides will explain the cockpit layout, the systems and what it was like to fly the Tornado when it was a front line, serving fast jet.

The Tornado Cockpit Experience is available on Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays from 23rd July until 30th August.

Details for Access to the Tornado

  • You must be physically fit to climb a small number of steps and lift your legs and full body weight into the cockpit of the Tornado
  • Please wear trousers or shorts. Skirts and dresses may prevent or restrict access
  • Please wear flat shoes with a good grip on them. Please note: we cannot allow the public access without appropriate footwear.
  • You are more than welcome to take pictures once inside the cockpit of the Tornado – please come with a camera that can be zipped into a pocket or a camera with a strap.
  • The Tornado cockpit is quite spacious, though there are some limits on access.
  • If the museum feels that it is not safe or possible for you to access the Tornado cockpit, then we reserve the right to refuse access. Please refer to the terms and conditions displayed at the experience before purchasing your ticket.
  • And finally, have fun! And don’t forget to tag us on social media with your Fighter Pilot selfies, we love seeing your pictures.


Tickets are £10 per person, payable on the day. It is not possible to book online or in advance.


Thu Jul 18
Fri Aug 30
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