RAF Elvington - A Pictorial Tour.

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  1. Airframes

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    As promised, here is another photographic tour of a UK aviation museum, this time the Yorkshire Air Museum Allied Forces Memorial at the former WW2 RAF bomber airfield at Elvington, just outside the historic City of York.
    Myself, Jan (Lucky) and Karl (Rochie), together with my friend Mick, visited this excellent museum on a very wet and windy day, in what is supposed to be late spring! We discovered that, due to a conference having been held in the main hangar the previous day, most of the aircraft had been moved outside into the torrential rain. Consequently, some of the photographs are not as good as they could be, but this will be rectified later in this 'tour', as I will be returning to the Museum in late May.
    Being only about three miles from the centre of the City, a visit to the Museum can be combined with a stay in historic York, the walled City with its ancient buildings and impressive Minster, one of the oldest and largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, and one of Britain's nicer tourist attractions. Apart from the impressive aircraft collection, the Museum also has many period vehicles and other similar exhibits, and the main camp area and control tower have been preserved as they were during World War 2, when first 77 Squadron RAF (HP Halifax), and then 346 and 347 (Free French) Squadrons, also equipped with the Halifax, were stationed there.
    So, to start the tour, here are the first series of photos.
    PICS 1 to 4. Map of the UK showing where York is, a typical City street, and York Minster.
    PICS 5 and 6. Directions map and plan of the Museum site.
    PICS 7 to 11. Looking across to the main T2 hangar, and Buccaneer S2b which served in the first 'Gulf War'
    PIC 12. The same aircraft alongside its stable-mate, Buccaneer S2.
    As with the previous museum tours I've posted, further sections will be added more or less daily, and I hope you enjoy the 'tour'.
     

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    Good stuff Terry! Looking forward to more.
     
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    This is going to be another excellent tour!:headbang:
     
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    Looking forward to this.
     
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    Me too, thanks Terry!

    Have an article back in NZ of the artwork being re-applied to that Bucaneer after it's restoration. The squadron artist who'd painted the original during the Gulf War was asked to replicate his previous work, and he did so using the original drawing which he'd kept.
    Slight differences to the original of course, photos of original work and new being applied in the magazine (A 'Flypast' issue if I remember right).
     
  7. Airframes

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    I remember that Evan. Karl said that when he last visited Elvington, it was still in its rather faded original desert paint.
     
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    ok i found this pic that i'd posted before of the same Buccanear
    bucaneer2.jpg
     
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    Great pic Karl! Wonder why they didn't paint the yellow in the warning arrow post restoration?
     
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    Good one Karl. Maybe they used the current pattern, possibly without a reference pic from before the re-paint ?
    On to some more rain-soaked exhibits, and some of the bigger aircraft on display.
    PICS 1 to 3. Another Gulf War veteran, H.P. Victor K2 'Lusty Linda'.
    PICS 4 and 5. BAe Nimrod MR2, with a cold and wet Karl giving some scale.
    PICS 6 to 8. The brutishly attractive Fairey Gannet AEW 3.
    I'll post some more over the weekend, including some of the preserved camp buildings and other exhibits.
     

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    Good stuff Terry!

    The weather really was sh*t that day wasn't it.
     
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    Sure was Hugh - the Pigeons were grounded, and even the Ducks were water-logged ! Hope it's better for the return visit in May !
     
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    Thanks for the photos Terry and Karl!:thumbleft: Looks like it was a little cool.
     
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    Just a tad Aaron, and lots more photos to come, from this trip and the next visit in four weeks time.
     
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    Not that bad that the excellent coffee didn't help!

    Btw Terry, are you talking about the camp or the camp corner?
     
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    You mean the French one, or "Ooo, Hello Squadron Leader!" ?!!?
     
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    Great pics Terry, and bloody oath, looks like I would've frozen my nuts off had I gone! :)
     
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    Great shots and an informative thread.
     
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    The French quarter old boy....
     
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    Another great museum tour thread! Looks like Karl needed a heaver coat there! :lol:
     
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