Ulster Aviation Society
Ulster Aviation Society
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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 52+ aircraft & vehicles, ranging from vintage Second World War 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-Second World War hangar at Maze Long Kesh, outside Lisburn (on the site of the old prison). • Charitable association of Aviation Enthusiasts • Over 700+ 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
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  • Nicole K
    6 contributions
    A real treat - well worth a visit!
    This place is a hidden gem! We had a brilliant time walking around the different aircrafts and listening to the guide’s talk. It was a real treat! When the guide asked at the end, what was your favourite part the response se was all of it (and this was not a cop-out answer) - truly it was great! Definitely well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Blackeyed1683
    Falkirk, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Just have to visit!!!
    Want here today 2nd April with my two kids 10 & 7. Ray was our guide with a trainee volunteer guide too. What knowledge & personal stories to be told which you would never get to know at a at a larger museum. Got too sit in a jet, take all the photos we liked and see everything that they had. Seen the workshop along with the hanger. Ray was So knowledgeable, detailed and a gentleman. The trainee volunteer guide ( whom I forgot the name sorry ) was brilliant aswell asking if we wanted photos etc. Amazing place that you have just got too visit if your in Northern Ireland & keep these stories and places alive for future generations. Will be back next time we're over.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Gary L
    1 contribution
    What a day out
    Fantastic, simply amazing and how it has grown since I was there last is staggering considering it's a volunteer run enterprise. It's so good I am going to join after sending this review, I have honestly never seen better even in some of the airfields in England.... please go and leave some money to help the work, It is SO deserving of help, and Mike who gave our tour was fab....his experience flying was also a story in itself!! Many thanks Mike, GARY LECKEY
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 April 2023
  • DaveDSW
    Redhill, United Kingdom62 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    Thoroughly enjoyable tour organised by friends while visiting N.I. If you are interested in History or Aviation this is a treat not to be missed. Our tour guide Mike was exceptional and showed us all he could in the allotted time giving excellent background information on the exhibits and the society. The exhibits themselves are all fascinating and the layouts and models in the adjoining old canteen are brilliantly laid out. The work in progress was impressive. Cannot thank Mike, Ray and the Team enough, keep up the good work. Hope to return soon.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2023
  • GB
    2 contributions
    A wonderful experience
    We had a wonderful time at the Ulster Aviation Society. Our guide Jane was fantastic. Enthusiastic and had so much knowledge about the aircraft. Plenty of time to look around all areas even after the tour had ended. We were made to feel very welcome. We had 2 teenage boys with us and they thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a great place to go own your own, as a couple and as family. So much history in the hangers and great that it is being preserved. Would highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Ian L
    World1 contribution
    A hidden gem
    Incredible experience! One of the hidden gems of N Ireland. A real tribute to aviation and those who fought in WW2 from Ulster, Southern Ireland and wider afield. The exhibits here rival any museum in the British Isles. Spent 4 hours being shown round by Ray who has a wonderful in depth knowledge of all the exhibits, their history and links to N Ireland. Thank you Ray for taking the time and sharing your knowledge and passion with us.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • XR219
    North Shields, United Kingdom21 contributions
    An Aviation Gold Mine
    A phenomenal collection of aircraft and aviation history. Having visited many aviation museums across the UK, I was delighted to finally arrange to come to the Ulster Aviation society. The hangers are filled with aircraft in fantastic condition, and exhibit spaces full of information. Our guide was superb, a mine of information. I will definitely be coming back in the summer to take more time as i could have spent the whole day there. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in aviation.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Becs
    Belfast, United Kingdom33 contributions
    A hidden gem for those who love museums!
    Definitely recommend this tour! Ricci our guide was so passionate and knowledgeable. He made the subject interesting, even to those in the group without a real interest in the subject matter. Wonderful interactive exhibits and guides who love what they’re doing! A hidden gem for sure!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Edwin K
    1 contribution
    Great Attraction - Must See
    Our family (my wife, 3 yr old, 6 yr old, and I) really enjoyed the tour. We have been to a few air museums, and this is one of the best, especially given the Ulster Aviation Society is a volunteer-run charity. It has to be one the most underate attraction in all of Northern Ireland. We will be returning again, and this will be a go-to place when visitors come from aboard. Lastly, there is a great balance of local, regional, island, and global history mixed into the awesome aircraft on display.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Simon C
    1 contribution
    A Worthwhile Visit
    We visited during the Easter break and needed something that was cost-effective and would keep both our 11 year old and 4 year old sons interested, as part of my younger son's Birthday. Both my sons enjoyed this, as did my wife and I. Entry is free (which is great for families), and you can buy some gifts or donate what you want. It was a very lovely gesture at the end as the guide let my sons have a model plane each, and as my eldest is interested in History and War, was able to take a magazine and book also. Whilst admittedly, I don't have a huge interest in History or Aviation, even I found it interesting, and learnt a lot, the guide that took us around was particularly entertaining whilst also being informative. He was meant to talk for about 2 hours, and we got about a 3 hour tour in total, which was even better. Definitely worth a visit, but my only advice would be as it is based in 2 huge hangars and there is no heat, make sure to wrap up warm. There are also on-site toilets which is handy, if the kids need to pop to the toilet. All in all, a great visit was had and I'd thoroughly recommend you give it a go.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 April 2023
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Nov 2023 • Friends
We had a fabulous experience at the Ulster Aviation Society (UAS). As a local Scout group we requested a speical visit to UAS as part of our Remembrance Day activites of what life was like in the war and the role Scouts and Guides played.

UAS opened up espically for us and we were pleased to be accompinied by our local Girl Guide group. At the start of the night they allowed our Cub Scouts to renew thier promise in front of a Spitfire which was really exicting.

UAS provided 4 very experienced tour guides who were able to appeal to all age groups during the tour. They were extremely knowledgeable on all the aircraft and the back stories and how the aircraft were linked or associated to Northern Ireland and about a number of new aircraft they are about to receive.

The visit defintly ignited the imigination of the childern with many questions being asked. At the end of the night many of the childern and parents stayed behind to get a second look or another photo opportunity of which there are many.

The fact that this is run by volunteers is truely amazing and an asset to Northern Ireland’s tourism. Thank you again for a very very enjoyable night. We will definitely be back! Thank you.
Written 15 November 2023
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Annette K
12 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited here 28 October 2023. My husband is a collector of plane models and has an avid interest in WW2. The tour is 2 hrs, our tour guide Ray was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and friendly. My husband was able to sit in some of the planes there and have his picture taken. If you are a history or plane enthusiast then this tour fits the bill. Bought a few souvenirs from gift shop ( very reasonably priced) . We had no qualms about making a donation ( of which Ulster Aviation rely on greatly). We will definitely be back soon, especially to see some new arrivals to add to the existing planes etc.
Written 8 November 2023
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Peter B
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Friends
We brought our Scout group to the museum for an evening visit.

What a treat for all of the boys and girls and the leaders enjoyed it just as much.

The guides were knowledgeable and patient and allowed us to interact with the many fascinating aircraft.

After the tour a highlight was the well stocked shop with many happy scouts and leaders going home with a new model plane or badge.

Very highly recommended.

A*****
Written 25 October 2023
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Helen B
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Oct 2023 • Family
Highly recommend this - had an amazing family day there for husbands birthday (plane enthusiast). I was pleasantly surprised cos I loved it too. Fascinating information, history and displays - I'd never heard some of the historic facts. This truly is a hidden gem. Ray, our guide, was amazing, so much knowledge, stories and banter, could listen to his stories all day. Can't believe how good it was. These people who find, recover and restore these planes are amazing with so much history and information. Will definitely be back.
Written 22 October 2023
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jmcgrann54
Craigavon, UK140 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I was amazed at the type and number of aeroplanes that are on displayed. It’s very impressive. There are many other interesting displays. Most planes are acceptable and I got into the cockpits of quite a few
Written 21 October 2023
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bluebandit600s
Crossgar, UK63 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Ulster aviation society is packed with great exhibits of planes and helicopters.
Red Arrows, typhoon, wessex, shorts, spitfire and loads more.
Written 19 October 2023
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Bob C
Lisburn, UK30 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Came here as a church group and we’re split into two groups each with their own tour guide. Both were very helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
Written 14 October 2023
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s J
County Down, UK14 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
We had a fabulous experience at the Ulster Aviation Society. We took our friends who were visiting from Hampshire and we were lucky to have the very experienced Ian as our tour guide. He was so very knowledgeable on all the aircraft and the back stories and how the Aircraft were linked or associated to Northern Ireland in one way or another. We would definitely go again, the fact that this is run by volunteers who have extensive aircraft knowledge and experience, it is an amazing asset to Northern Ireland’s tourism. Thank you again for a very enjoyable tour. We will definitely be back.
Written 29 September 2023
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Jim S
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
It has been 4 years since my last visit, the new guided tour works very well. My guide was very knowledgeable about all the varied exhibits which made for a very pleasant experience. As a very keen photographer I was able to get everything I required. Thank you for the excellent experience.
Written 17 September 2023
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Keith O
Armagh, UK3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Great day out, we visited as part of the European heritage week of events, so everything was geared up for visitors, access to the aircrafts was brilliant lots of photos,
Written 12 September 2023
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