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News release - Issued by Yorkshire Air Museum

Exciting Night Photography Event Marks 75th Anniversary of First Halifax Bomber Operation.

Following the huge success of the first Halifax bomber Nightshoot on March 2015, the Museum is delighted to announce another opportunity to photograph this iconic WWII bomber outdoors at night on the evening of Friday 18th March this year.

The timing of this event also allows us to mark the 75th anniversary of the first operational flight of the then brand new Halifax Mk I bomber, from nearby RAF Linton on Ouse on the night of 9th/10th March 1941. The Halifax went on to become one of the main aircraft of Bomber Command, taking the fight to the NAZI German industrial heartland.

The Museum’s amazing reconstruction, the only example in Europe and one of only two existing in the world, is of course marked in the decals of Halifax LV907 “Friday the 13th”, which became the most successful of all Halifax bombers surviving at least 128 missions, flying from RAF Lissett, East Yorkshire. Demand for this event is high once again and there are only a handful of tickets now remaining available, as the sales are strictly limited to 100.

As if this was not enough, the Nightshoot also offers the chance to photograph the WWII Douglas Dakota (live), the 1947 De Havilland Devon and, uniquely, the replica WWI Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a fighter, also live. The Dakota and SE5a will both be running their engines on the night, making for a truly tempting photographic challenge.

“As a result of the great success of last year’s Halifax Nightshoot, which was oversubscribed by enthusiastic photographers relishing the chance to capture this awesome aircraft in a night setting, we decided to offer another opportunity this year, which will not be repeated for a few years. The additional line up of aircraft, including the rare ‘live’ example of a WWI fighter, in the confines of this historic site, will provide a really interesting challenge for photography enthusiasts to get to grips with.”

The Nightshoot is bookable through Timeline Events at £60 per ticket to include two hot drinks and a Burger / Hot Dog & Chips.


Ian Richardson

Communications Manager
01904 608595 07896 902 895