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The Yorkshire Air Museum has a comprehensive collection of military vehicles, all of which are being restored to original specification and roadworthy condition. You may well see one or two driving around during your visit. The museum houses an Alvis Sracaen armoured personnel carrier, an Austin Champ FV1801 4x4, the Bedford ’Green Goddess’ Fire Pump, some Commer military transport vehicles, a Daimler Ferret Mk 2/7 Armoured Scout Car, and quiete a few other World War Two jems. Last but certainaly and by no means least, a Vickers Chieftain Battle Tank : The original Chieftain Main Battle Tank weighed 55 tons combat-loaded and was armed with a 120 mm main gun, a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and a 7.62 mm anti-aircraft gun. Powered by a Leyland 750 hp 6 cylinder diesel engine, it had a road speed of about 30 mph and a range of action of about 280 miles. The tank had a crew of four and was equipped with night vision equipment. The development of the Chieftain with a 1000hp engine and enhanced transmission was a project by Vickers Defence Industries, in partnership with the German companies RENK, MTU and Krupp-MAK, to offer a significant performance and reliability upgrade for existing Chieftain tanks. The first customer was to be Kuwait immediately before the first Gulf War. The MoD expressed an interest in upgrading their engineer vehicles and the BARV (Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle) of the Royal Marines. Subsequently most of Kuwait’s Chieftain fleet was scrapped.

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Yorkshire Air Museum Office

  • Address: Halifax Way, Elvington, York
  • Postcode: YO41 4AU
  • Phone: 01904 608595
  • URL: www.yorkshireairmuseum.co.uk

Business Hours

  • Winter Period 2008/9 (from 26 Oct until 28 March), 10.00am - 3.30pm every day. Summer Period 2009 (from 29 March until 24 Oct), 10.00am - 5.00pm every day. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day.

Yorkshire Air Museum

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