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“Playing Civil and Air force planes”

Ulster Aviation Society
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Lisburn
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: WHO ARE WE? A charitable society that is a diverse group of enthusiasts, working on a voluntary basis to further public education in the history of aviation. WHAT AIRCRAFT DO WE HAVE? Our heritage collection currently includes 30+ aircraft, ranging from vintage WWII fighters through Cold War era fast jets, Shorts designed & built aircraft, civilian aircraft, plus military helicopters, engines, artefacts and rare aviation reference materials, all with strong links to aviation within the island of Ireland. Our aircraft are housed within an ex-WWII hangar at Maze Long Kesh, outside Lisburn (on the site of the old prison). • Charitable association of Aviation Enthusiasts • Over 460+ members, including Europe & USA Ulster Aviation Society is a charitable association. N. Ireland. Charity No. NIC 100128. NI Charity Commission Registered. Associate member of Northern Ireland Museums’ Council
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Very interesting couple of hours with group of scouts. Volunteers at the centre ere very enthusiastic about the dolls film of civil and air force planes. They took time to allow every s out to sit in pilot seat of a net and answered all their questions e an the silly ones. The latest addition to their collection is spectacular the Royal Navy Phantom jet.
Best bit is you are able to get up close to the exhibits and see the amazing engineering of the planes.Well worth a visit. Great to see people passionate about a collection of planes.

2  Thank Andrew B
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

I am an aircraft enthusiast and have lived in Northern Ireland for 19 years, and only found out about this collection recently through a friend. I guess that their main disadvantage is that they are not open to the public in the usual sense ― tour by appointment only ― but that should not put you off. As a group of volunteers they probably also lack the funds for grandiose PR campaigns to reach the wider public.

This is a brilliant place with a unique collection of aircraft which may seem odd on first glance; some are civilian, some are military, some are replicas, some are painfully restored originals, others just merely a collection of bits dug up from the ground. The common theme is that they all have something to do with Ulster, either having been built here, or having shaped a part of the history of the province.

The collection includes some really rare planes, and few other places will allow you to get this close to the aircrafts. The enthusiasm of these volunteers rounds off the visit to be a unique experience ― a must for any aircraft enthusiast!

4  Thank red_wolf_uk
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

We had a great visit to the hangers today, very helpful volunteers were able to so us around, fantastic aircraft, a very worthwhile attraction served by some very dedicated staff, thank you

2  Thank tony k
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

I visited here this afternoon, I live 10 mins away and only found out about it recently, shame on me. The guide, Jane, met me at the door and showed me round the exhibits. I was amazed at the amount of aircraft on show, and Jane provided information on each one. The site is currently undergoing some structural work but business goes on as usual, many of the volunteers were there carrying out restoration work on the aircraft. This is an amazing place that survives and grows on good will and charitable donations and certainly is worth a visit.

3  Thank Dawn G
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

I absolutely loved every minute of this visit! Its a hidden gem tucked away and my first time there. Definitely one for the aviation enthusiasts but also very enjoyable for everyone. The team of guys are fun, educational, passionate and hard working. The fact that they work voluntarily to keep these birds prestine for future generations is true dedication. Please do donate generously when you visit and keep things like this alive! Il definitely be back soon with the father and father in law! Sooo much history to take in!

2  Thank NigelCUK
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