Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum

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A Memorial Museum based on an authentic WWII Bomber Command Base, RAF Elvington, now the largest example of its type open to the public.

Original buildings, including the Control Tower, now house some 15 fascinating exhibitions, including "Against the Odds" the story of Bomber Command and "Pioneers of Aviation", charting the work of Yorkshire aviation pioneers such as Sir George Cayley, the inventor of the aeroplane, Robert Blackburn and aviators such as Amy Johnson.

The internationally renowned aircraft collection covers the birth of manned flight with the Cayley Glider, through WWI and WWII to the supersonic age.

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Opening hours

Open daily. 10:00am to 17:00pm Summer
10:00am to 16:00pm Winter

Admission charges

£8 Adults, £6 Concessions and £4 Children. Family £22 (2A + 3C).
Reduced rates for pre booked groups of 8 or more.

Additional info

Restaurant; Shop; Disabled access (except top floor of Control Tower); free visitor car parking.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Pioneers of Aviation

  • 1 November 2010 — 1 November 2018 *on now

With rarely seen images and unique displays, this new exhibition for 2010 was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has taken over 2 years to complete.

The exhibition, housed exclusively within one of the buildings of the UK’s premier Bomber Command Centre, includes Sir George Cayley, the internationally acknowledged Father of Aeronautics, who lived near Scarborough; Amy Johnson, a typist from Hull who was the first female to fly solo to Australia and Russia; Nevil Shute, author and engineer on the R100 Airship at Howden and founder of the Airspeed Aircraft Company in York and Portsmouth;
Sir Barnes Wallis, designer of the Bouncing Bomb, the Wellington Bomber and R100 Airship designer based at Howden in Yorkshire, and Robert Blackburn founder of Blackburn Aircraft (now British Aerospace) in Armley Leeds, the world’s first aeroplane production line.

We have some amazing aviation pioneers here in Yorkshire and we’re proud to detail their achievements in this new exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply.


Allied Air Forces Memorial and Yorkshire Air Museum
Halifax way Elvington
North Yorkshire
YO41 4AU






01904 608595

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