The Yorkshire Air Museum’s newly refurbished Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c replica has been put on show in Horse Guards Parade, London, as part of RAF centenary celebrations in the capital from 6-10 July.
Many hundreds of hours of work were undertaken by the YAM’s aircraft heritage team to completely rebuild the BE2c. It went on display on Horse Guards Parade along with several other aircraft forming part of the London leg of the RAF100 National Aircraft Tour. Celebrations there will culminate with the major RAF flypast over the capital on 10 July.
The BE2c’s presence in London followed on from the YAM sending its Avro 504 replica to Paris earlier this year for an event marking 100 years of co-operation between the RAF and France. Museum director Ian Reed commented, “As the acknowledged Allied Air Forces Memorial of Europe, the Yorkshire Air Museum has been pleased to fully support the Royal Air Force in not one, but two major international events in the capital cities of France and England within the last three months.”
Among the further exhibits in the London display are Douglas Dakota IV ‘KG374’ (really KP208), formerly on display at Merville Barracks in Colchester, and world air speed record-breaking Gloster Meteor F4 EE549, normally exhibited by the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum but on loan from the RAF Museum.
(Photo: Neill Watson/YAM)