Aeroplane lands on York Theatre Royal to honour French airmen and Tour de France

York Press: Aeroplane lands on top of York Theatre Royal Aeroplane lands on top of York Theatre Royal

An aircraft landed on top of the Theatre Royal in the centre of York early this morning.  The city centre was deserted as the Hawker Hurricane made its unique "flight" at the start of Armed Forces Day.

The fighter aircraft arrived on the 70th anniversary of the arrival of French airmen in the city during the Second World War.

It will remain on the roof of the theatre's restaurant extension in St Leonard's Place for more than a week so that it can be part of the Tour de France celebrations when the cyclists will pass directly in front of it and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight makes a fly-past over the race in honour of Second World War French airmen.

The Second World War fighter aircraft belongs to Yorkshire Air Museum which transported it from its Elvington base by road to St Leonard's Place, where it was assembled and lifted by crane high above the city to be landed with precise care onto the roof.

Museum director Ian Reed said: "As this significant 70th anniversary co-incides exactly with the build up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in York, the Hurricane will provide both an amazing talking point for the city's celebration of this magnificent sporting event and provide a visual spectacle for the the television cameras following the peloton as it swoops past the Theatre Royal with York Minster resplendent in the background.

Two French bomber squadrons of the RAF, 346 "Guyenne" and 347 "Tunisie" began operations from RAF Elvington, now the museum, on July 1, 1944. Other events marking Armed Forces Day are also being held.

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10:07am Sat 28 Jun 14

oscarz says...

I have heard the expression "Waiter there is a fly in my soup" but wow "There is a Hurricane fighter a top of the theatre Royal" wow very impressed who the guys managed to sort this logistical feat out.
I have heard the expression "Waiter there is a fly in my soup" but wow "There is a Hurricane fighter a top of the theatre Royal" wow very impressed who the guys managed to sort this logistical feat out. oscarz
  • Score: 19

10:54am Sat 28 Jun 14

maybejustmaybe says...

That's going to be worth a detour on the way to work
That's going to be worth a detour on the way to work maybejustmaybe
  • Score: 18

11:23am Sat 28 Jun 14

bloodaxe says...

Can the Press not check their facts ? The yellow edge roundel is of Type A.1 and was used from June 1940: for single and twin engine fighters, light and medium bombers and was of 35 inches diameter. Exceptions: Hawker Typhoon 42 inches, Westland Whirlwind 28 inches. Heavy bombers, transport aircraft 49 inches. I don't think that "Wiggo" (dear me) was about at that ime.
Can the Press not check their facts ? The yellow edge roundel is of Type A.1 and was used from June 1940: for single and twin engine fighters, light and medium bombers and was of 35 inches diameter. Exceptions: Hawker Typhoon 42 inches, Westland Whirlwind 28 inches. Heavy bombers, transport aircraft 49 inches. I don't think that "Wiggo" (dear me) was about at that ime. bloodaxe
  • Score: 5

11:42am Sat 28 Jun 14

oscarz says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Can the Press not check their facts ? The yellow edge roundel is of Type A.1 and was used from June 1940: for single and twin engine fighters, light and medium bombers and was of 35 inches diameter. Exceptions: Hawker Typhoon 42 inches, Westland Whirlwind 28 inches. Heavy bombers, transport aircraft 49 inches. I don't think that "Wiggo" (dear me) was about at that ime.
And as Wiggo won't be in this years Team Sky I for one don't he'll give a flying(2 arms with 2014 hands stretched out wide) you know what.
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: Can the Press not check their facts ? The yellow edge roundel is of Type A.1 and was used from June 1940: for single and twin engine fighters, light and medium bombers and was of 35 inches diameter. Exceptions: Hawker Typhoon 42 inches, Westland Whirlwind 28 inches. Heavy bombers, transport aircraft 49 inches. I don't think that "Wiggo" (dear me) was about at that ime.[/p][/quote]And as Wiggo won't be in this years Team Sky I for one don't he'll give a flying(2 arms with 2014 hands stretched out wide) you know what. oscarz
  • Score: 3

11:45am Sat 28 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I agree with "Bloodaxe". I think everyone getting to concerned and over the top with Tour de erm Yorkshire lol

Whilst on the subject and location, (St Leonard's Place) is Bolavard (i know spelt wrong) but does Bolavard equate to Place, just wondered.
I agree with "Bloodaxe". I think everyone getting to concerned and over the top with Tour de erm Yorkshire lol Whilst on the subject and location, (St Leonard's Place) is Bolavard (i know spelt wrong) but does Bolavard equate to Place, just wondered. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -4

4:48pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Good job today's striking French air traffic controllers weren't around 70 years ago!

Great publicity though. Well done Ian Reed.
Good job today's striking French air traffic controllers weren't around 70 years ago! Great publicity though. Well done Ian Reed. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 8

9:31pm Sat 28 Jun 14

mmarshal says...

'Other events marking Armed Forces Day are also being held.' Are they? If so can the Press elaborate. Armed Forces Day seems to routinely pass unnoticed in York. Perhaps we're all expected to go to Scarborough??
I thought the hurricane on the Theatre Royal was at least a try but now it appears to be directed ore towards the TdF.
'Other events marking Armed Forces Day are also being held.' Are they? If so can the Press elaborate. Armed Forces Day seems to routinely pass unnoticed in York. Perhaps we're all expected to go to Scarborough?? I thought the hurricane on the Theatre Royal was at least a try but now it appears to be directed ore towards the TdF. mmarshal
  • Score: 3

10:18pm Sat 28 Jun 14

I'msohappy.com says...

Have you lot got nothing else to moan about, at least The Press got some good shots of the placing of the aircraft so does it matter about fine detail, to those that it matters to won't care if detail is not totally correct as long as the day is being recognised.
Have you lot got nothing else to moan about, at least The Press got some good shots of the placing of the aircraft so does it matter about fine detail, to those that it matters to won't care if detail is not totally correct as long as the day is being recognised. I'msohappy.com
  • Score: 9

1:10pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Oh my............ says...

Well said 'I'm so happy'. There does seem to be a lot of moaning minnies about. What a lovely way to recognise the vets of WW2 with a cheeky wink towards TDF.
Well said 'I'm so happy'. There does seem to be a lot of moaning minnies about. What a lovely way to recognise the vets of WW2 with a cheeky wink towards TDF. Oh my............
  • Score: 3
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