Golden Era Vintage Motorcycles and Rolling Thunder at Yorkshire Air Museum

Rolling Thunder Yorkshire Air Museum

This coming Bank Holiday Monday will provide a real spectacle of sight and sound for visitors to the Yorkshire Air Museum as we stage two events rolled into one!

The event is focused around the now well-established and popular “Golden Era Run”, a gathering of some 60 – 70 pre 1931 Vintage motorcycles, organised by the Yorkshire Branch of the Vintage Motorcycle Club. A good number of these fabulous machines will be over 100 years old and rarities indeed. The entries will gather and register, before departing from 10:30am to go on the run out in the local countryside, before returning from 12:30pm onwards, where they will gather again for display for the public to admire.

But that is by no means all, because, as we have been kindly allowed use of Elvington Airfield’s runway, we are planning to run the three big, live jets within our collection down the runway for some superb “rolling thunder”! The jets are the Fleet Air Arm prototype Blackburn Buccaneer XN974, the BAE Systems Nimrod MR2 XV250 and the eagerly anticipated Handley Page Victor V-Bomber XL231 “Lusty Lindy” will provide the grand finale. In between the Nimrod and Victor runs, we are expecting, subject to weather conditions, the Spitfire flypast allocated to the event by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

These superb jet aircraft always thrill the crowds at our static Thunder Day events, but the fast taxi is something extra special and a chance to hear the full majesty of the Victor’s four mighty Rolls Royce Conway engines. Runway activities commence at 13:00pm.

Admission to the event is at normal museum admission rates of £8 Adults; £6 Concessions and £4 Children, but, for those wishing to access the airfield viewing area for the fast jet taxi runs, a special pass will be available priced at £10 per person. However, as we are aware that families will be attending this event, there will be no charge for the airfield viewing for under 16’s, as long as they are accompanied by an adult with an airfield pass. Proceeds from this go straight towards the purchase of fuel to keep these historic icons of the sky in ground operational condition for the public to enjoy.

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