Yorkshire Air Museum Prepares for Open Cockpit Day

Multiple cockpits available for visitors to experience first-hand on April 20th

Young visitors experience the thrills of sitting in the cockpit of a Panavia Tornado. [Photo via Yorkshire Air Museum]
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Aviation buffs will have the chance to climb into the hot seats of around a dozen jets, helicopters and other aircraft at the Yorkshire Air Museum (YAM), as the attraction near York prepares for another Open Cockpit Day. The event, which is staged twice a year, allows visitors to sit in the pilot’s seat of aircraft that are normally not accessible to the public.

A museum visitor takes a selfie in the YAM’s Douglas Dakota at a past open cockpit event. [Photo via Yorkshire Air Museum]

On Saturday April 20th the aircraft on offer will include two of the stars of last year’s major Cold War exhibition – the iconic Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 “jump jet” and the legendary Blackburn Buccaneer attack aircraft. There will also be access to two of the Museum’s most recent acquisitions – the SEPECAT Jaguar and the Avro Shackleton nose section that arrived just a few weeks ago from Coventry airport.

Museum spokesman Jerry Ibbotson said: “Open Cockpit Days are hugely popular with the public and allow people the chance to get a pilot’s eye view of some of the aircraft in our collection, from the tiny Skeeter helicopter to the mighty Dakota paratrooper transport aircraft. Things take on a totally different dimensions when you’re at the controls yourself!”

A young visitor inside the cockpit of Armstrong-Whitworth Meteor NF.14 WS788. [Photo via Yorkshire Air Museum]

Open Cockpit Day is one the few events in the YAM’s calendar that require a special ticket. For adults tickets cost £20 and children £10. Full details are available on the museum’s website here.


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