Everyone knows, of course, that aviation was actually a Yorkshire invention. While the Wright Brothers are credited correctly with the first manned, powered flight, winged aviation was actually invented in Yorkshire.
The Museum is very proud to house a unique example of Yorkshire aviation history, a full scale, accurate replica of Sir George Cayley’s glider. So we were thrilled recently to be included in a short regional TV programme celebrating a history of aviation in Yorkshire on BBC Look North.
A team from Screenhouse Productions, working with science TV presenter Marty Jopson, were with us for a full day of filming around the Museum. The Cayley Glider is normally suspended from the roof of our main hangar. As a fragile and easily damaged exhibit, it is a safe place for it to live alongside our more robust exhibits.
Our Heritage engineering team took the opportunity to thoroughly clean and refurbish elements of the glider before Marty did a superb job of explaining the history of this period of Yorkshire aviation.
Additionally, the team took advantage of the relative quiet and open space of the Museum on a weekday to test the most remarkable jet propelled mobility scooter to celebrate the birth of jet power just a few miles away in Lincolnshire. Here’s a behind the scenes video of the scary machine in action.
The Museum features quite significantly in the programme together with the birthplace of Yorkshire aircraft manufacturers Blackburn, now BAE Systems not far away from us in Brough.
The programme was part of a whole series of BBC regional productions showcasing invention across the UK, with more information available on the BBC website here
We have some more celebrations of early aviation planned ourselves for this coming summer, so check out our events calendar for more details on some great days out during the holidays to learn more about aviation in Yorkshire.