THIS year's 'Thunder Day' at the Yorkshire Air Museum will include a special new twist.

The Elvington museum will welcome the public to the event on Sunday, August 19, where seven aircraft will have their engines fired up.

Aircraft involved include biplanes from the First World War, the Douglas Dakota and De Havilland Devon twin props, and three big jets, the Blackburn Buccaneer, the BAE Nimrod and the Handley Page Victor ‘V bomber’, covering the history of aviation.

For the first time, this year's event will see the two biplanes taxi in public, following a successful recent test run.

A spokesman said: "These aircraft are evocative even in static running, but will be even more so as they proceed down a created ‘taxiway’, bringing to life just how fragile these early fighting machines really were.

"The Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer XN974 will also conduct a short taxi run, and perform its full control surface movements display, all under power, following a thunderous blast from the two Rolls Royce Spey engines that powered this highly effective low level strike aircraft."

Also, weather dependent, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have allocated a flypast by a Spitfire, the MK 9 MK356, currently in ‘desert’ colours, which will make passes over the museum.

Admission to the event is £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 children aged five to 15, with a family ticket available for £30. Gates open at 10am and close at 5pm.