Our huge range of exhibits and collections spans the entire history of flight, from the early pioneers of aviation, through both world wars and on through the Cold War era. As time passes, we acquire newer exhibits to commemorate newer conflicts, with our Post World War Two collection being one of the most comprehensive in the UK. From the 1853 Cayley Governable Parachute throught to the current GR4 Panavia Tornado the Museum covers the history of aviation in Britain.
The Aircraft Collection
From early pre-war biplanes such as the Avro 504k, through World War Two icons such as the Spitfire all the way to newly retired jets such as the Nimrod MR2, fresh from recent Middle Eastern conflicts. Our aircraft collection is one of the widest ranging in the UK.
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Pioneers Of Aviation
Newly opened in 2010, this new permanent exhibition celebrates early aviation pioneers with connections to Yorkshire. Legends such as Amy Johnson, aviation author Neville Shute and the great Barnes Wallis are all commemorated here.
Air Gunner Collection
The Air Gunners’ Collection is believed to be the only one of its type in the world and is dedicated to the memory of the 20,000 Air Gunners who lost their lives in World War II.
The Air Gunner’s tasks were complicated and hazardous and his life expectancy appallingly short – it could be as little as two weeks before a rear gunner on bomber operations could expect to be shot down or killed.