Your article: Aviation fans capture Halifax at night

Re-enactors in original period dress and aircrew kit with the Halifax bomber. Picture taken by Neil Cave, from Timeline Events
Re-enactors in original period dress and aircrew kit with the Halifax bomber. Picture taken by Neil Cave, from Timeline Events

Aviation fans snapped up the opportunity to capture a night-time shot of a famous Second World War bomber at Elvington-based Yorkshire Air Museum.

Rebuilt Halifax bomber ‘Friday the 13th’ was wheeled out to pose for keen photographers last Friday (13 March).

The museum teamed up with Timeline Events Ltd for the ‘Night Shoot’, and 110 tickets were sold for the event.

The 1943 De Havilland Mosquito Nightfighter, 1944 Douglas Dakota and post war (1947) De Havilland Sea Devon VIP transport aircraft were also brought into the frame for the event, creating an impressive line up.

As the Dakota and Sea Devon are ‘live’ aircraft, the engines of these aircraft were run for the photographers, and the Dakota threw out some spectacular flame during its run, allowing the capture of some striking night-time images. Re-enactors in original period dress and aircrew kit added that special personal touch to the images, recounting the bravery and courage of those who flew these planes over enemy territory.

It was the first time in 70 years, since the Victory in Europe celebrations of May 1945 that a Halifax bomber had been available to photograph at night.

Museum director Ian Reed said: “We were overwhelmed by the praises of so many photographers from all over Britain, who had travelled to Elvington to witness this extraordinary spectacle. To all those involved, both museum staff and volunteers and for the support of Timeline Events, please accept our grateful thanks for this unique moment.”

Pictures taken by Neil Cave, from Timeline Events.