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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Thunder Day set for take off at Yorkshire Air Museum


Sunday is Thunder Day.

Yorkshire Air Museum marks a milestone in its development tomorrow (1 April) with the first live propeller driven aircraft to have been restored at Elvington fired up along with some of of the visitor attraction's ‘big jets.’

Centre stage will be the De Havilland Devon VP967, powered by its twin Gypsy Queen engines, having just undergone a major refurbishment.


In civilian service it was known as the Dove in civilian service, the Devon in RAF service and the Sea Devon in service with the Royal Naval Air Service.

BI-PLANE
Also taking part will be full-size reconstruction of a WWI SE5a bi-plane fighter that was intended to be a flying example but the project failed to come to fruition for its then owners in Selby.

The Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XN974 will also be powered up and conduct its rolling display with wing folding and control surface movements. The firing up of the huge Nimrod MR2 XV250 and Victor V-bomber / K2 Tanker “Lusty Lindy” will provide an opportunity to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War, as both these aircraft took part in the conflict.

The Victors fleet enabled the Vulcan to bomb Port Stanley Airfield during the famous “Black Buck” raids and in general provided fuel for the Harriers, Hercules, Nimrod and other aircraft, a vital role. The Nimrod, known as the Mighty Hunter, provided surveillance and intelligence gathering from its lofty perspective.

The museum opens at 10am and activities start with a fire team display , giving the chance for kids to have a go with the hoses to knock over bollards! There will be a rolling programme of engine power ups during the course of the day., with a break for a tasty lunch in our NAAFI restaurant.

Further information about the museum is available at its website http://www.yorkshireairmuseum.org/

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