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Against The Odds Event - Yorkshire Air Museum

May 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Saturday 12th May 2018 saw me return to the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington near York. The weather was a lovely warm day with sunny spells breaking through the cloud. Over the weekend the museum was holding it's annual World War 2 RAF event called "Against The Odds." This is a family event where people can come along to the museum and learn about life in an RAF airfield during the war. There were items and exhibits from World War 2, wartime music and singing with dancing from the York Vintage Dance Group. The main attraction during the weekend was the Halifax Bomber nicknamed "Friday 13th" which saw the light of day as it was parked outside the main hangar for all to see.

The York Vintage Dance Group.

The event started at 10 am with some wartime singing while over by the Halifax Bomber the press photographers were photographing some of the aircrew re-enactors. But this was also a good opportunity for members of the public to get some nice shots.

Sing Along Time.

Bomber Crew.

At 11.15am was the first of two events during the day where we could see the Halifax Bomber crew kit up and display next to the Halifax Bomber. I took this opportunity to capture some photos, which was tricky due to this being the most popular event during the day. It was also hard as cars were parked just behind the Halifax Bomber, so keeping the images looking realistic was my main concern.

Kitting Up.

Other events happening throughout the day were

  • Halifax Mission Brief and Debrief
  • HMS Veron Defusing a Land Mine
  • Fly past by a BBMF Hurricane from RAF Coningsby
  • Paratrooper experience, mission planning, parachute packing, military demonstrations along with static displays

Mission Brief.

The skies over the museum at 01.44pm came to life with the roar of a Hurricane from the BBMF based at RAF Coningsby. Everybody found a good spot to enjoy a few passes of this wonderful aircraft. Not only could you hear the roaring engine as it flew overhead, but you could also hear camera shutters going off all around as people wanted to capture this moment.

Some of the vehicles on display.

This was the first time I have been to this event, and I enjoyed the day and looking forward to my next event at the museum.

If you want to find out about future events at the museum you can do so by visiting their website www.yorkshireairmuseum.org and click on their "EVENTS" tab.

More of my photos from the day can be found here

Below is a short video I made at the event, so like me if you have never been to this event, you can see what to expect.



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