Allied Air Forces Memorial Day Elvington York

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ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL DAY - Elvington, York.

Date: 9th September 2012

ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL DAY - Yorkshire Air Museum

I don’t know where to begin with the superlatives.

First of all the weather on Sunday was simply gorgeous – hot and sunny without being too hot and, being on an Airfield, there was a lovely cooling breeze.

I visited the Museum earlier this year but on that occasion, apart from the very big planes like the Nimrod, most were in the hangar including the only complete Halifax Bomber in existence. Although it looked large then, on Sunday with most of the other aircraft cleared out and on display outside, the Halifax looked gigantic and its wings spread the whole width of the hangar. When you think that on a mission there could be as many as a thousand of those aircraft in the sky at one time, the mind simply boggles especially since they didn’t have all the new fangled navigation equipment in existence today.

The Drumhead service in the hangar was very moving and I can’t speak highly enough of the Wharfedale ATC band – they were absolutely superb. The Archbishop of York gave the address and having met him at lunch I can confirm that he is an absolute darling – very down to earth and approachable. Sadly I don’t think he will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury – probably a bit too right wing and traditional in his approach. Perhaps that is what the church needs – a return to some of the traditions of the past instead of the ‘happy-clappy’ modernistic approach which alienates many of the older churchgoers and I’m not sure it brings in the young.

Also in attendance was the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton, the French Air Attaché Col. Nicholas Chambaz, Olivier Renard the President of Souvenir Française and various other representatives of the Allied Forces.

The iconic Lancaster did a fly past with special permission to fly at low level (100') – it took your breath away. Later in the afternoon, a Vulcan did a ‘fly past’ or rather a zoom past.

My friend Sue thoroughly enjoyed herself and couldn’t believe that she’s lived down the road from the Museum for 30 years and not known of its existence. It is rather disappointing that so many people don’t know about the Yorkshire Air Museum even though it won the UK Award last year for the best specialist tourist attraction.

We were very lucky in that we were allowed inside the Nimrod which has been lovingly cared for by the Aircraft Engineering team who give of their time and dedication unstintingly. When the Museum acquired the Nimrod much of the sensitive interior equipment had been removed. All that has now been replaced and though she may not fly again (insurance is too expensive) she, (along with several other live aircraft) does do regular runs every 28 days which thrills the public – this means she starts up all four engines with the accompanying roar as if she were getting ready for take-off.

We had a very good buffet lunch in the Naafi and the best piece of Coffee Walnut Cake I’ve had in years. I don’t have a sweet tooth but cannot resist deserts made of coffee and coffee walnut cake. So now I’ll have to pay for my indulgence and live off salads for a week.

As you know I can only put one photo into the body of the blog so will post the iconic Halifax and enter others into the Gallery.


 

ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL DAY - Elvington, York.

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