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A Day at Yorkshire Air Museum

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A Day at Yorkshire Air Museum

9 Jul 2015 12:07PM   Views : 622 Unique : 350

Every time I mention to Sue that I fancy a trip to the air museum at Elvington she groans loudly and pretends she hasn't heard. Yesterday the opportunity came and I took her into York to attend a training day. I went to Elvington and spent the whole day drinking coffee, fuelling up on a morning bacon buttie, nice lunch, more coffee.....and photographing the aircraft and anything else that took my fancy.

The Air Museum were very nice and helpful. I turned up an hour early, so they said park up, have a look round the exterior exhibits and come back and settle up when we have the tills open in a while. So that is what I did.

The museum is an airfield and boasts the longest runway in the North. It has quite a few aircraft, some outside such as the Handley Page Victor (what a beast of a plane) and the Hawker Siddely Nimrod. The Fairey Gannet is an odd, rotund little craft that doesn't look as though it could ever get off the ground.

Highlights are seeing one of my favourite planes, the de Havilland Mosquito, being restored in the main hangar and appreciating the sheer bulk of a Halifax bomber towering over the other planes. As mentioned, the Victor is a beast indeed and later in the day they had a compressor on it, giving off the familiar whine of a jet that echoed round the whole field. When it was operational, this airfield must have been a noisy place.

It was raining on and off all day, so I was using the Pentax K-5 with 18-135mm WR lens most of the time. The 10-17mm Fisheye zoom came out of the bag a few times as well. I'll leave you with a few photos from the day, and I think it's time now for another cup of coffee.....

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Rear Gunner

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Dakota

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Halifax

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Victor

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Mosquito

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Elvington Airfield

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9 Jul 2015 1:24PM
I particularly like the Dakota image which I think would work well in Black & White
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