Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum

Above: Dassault Mirage IV Photo: Yorkshire Air Museum

This unique Museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of aircrews of all allied nations, from WWI to the present day and is based on an authentic WWII Bomber Command base, the only such station to be operated by French RAF Bomber Command Squadrons. Experience the tremendous atmosphere of this award-winning attraction whilst admiring fascinating displays, such as the superb Bomber Command exhibition, restored Control Tower, Air Gunners Room, Archives & Uniform Displays, Airborne Forces Display, Squadron Memorial Rooms and much more.

The Memorial Gardens offer a tranquil place to reflect on those who gave their lives in defence of the nation, especially so on the year of the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of WWII.

The ‘Pioneers of Aviation’ exhibition features the work of famous figures from the aviation world who had Yorkshire connections, including Sir George Cayley, Robert Blackburn, Amy Johnson and Sir Barnes Wallis. Another fascinating display is the “Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins – Terror from the Sky” exhibition, charting the development of lighter-than-air flight and the use of airships during WWI.

Avro 504K airplane dating 1913 (WW1)
PHOTOGRAPH BY Yorkshire Air Museum

You can see Yorkshire's pioneering Cayley Glider along with the Wright Flyer, unique Halifax Bomber, fighters made famous in the Battle of Britain such as the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire, and modern jets such as the Tornado GR4 taking us into the supersonic age, together with the French Dassault Mirage III and now the iconic Mirage IV, the only examples in the UK.

Handley-Page Halifax bomber
PHOTOGRAPH BY Yorkshire Air Museum

There are 7 live jet and propeller aircraft within the collection, from WWI fighters to the WWII Douglas Dakota and the mighty jets with the Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer and Nimrod MR2 and Victor V-bomber, which all take part in our exciting “Thunder Days” and other events.

There is also a cafe providing hot and cold meals, snacks and refreshments in an atmospheric setting, reminiscent of a war-time ‘NAAFI’ - ideal to take a break during a visit.

Opening Times

Open Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm Summer, 10.00am – 4.00pm Winter.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission Charges

£12 Adult; £9 Concessions (Senior Citizens, Serving Forces personnel and Students); £5 Children and £30 Family (2A + 3 Ch.).

Some events charged at different rates.

Contact Details

Tel: 01904 608595



Little known fact:

Yorkshire is the birthplace of aviation with Sir George Cayley’s man carrying glider of 1853.

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Lionel Chatard

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