Are you an aircraft buff? Would you like to get up close and personal with over 40 different aircraft including vintage fighter planes and military helicopters? Look no further, as the Ulster Aviation Society may be the place you are looking for! Come along on your next day out and hear the story of each of the amazing aircraft that calls the Society’s hangar their home!

What is the purpose of the Ulster Aviation Society?

Ulster Aviation Society are a charitable society that includes a diverse group of enthusiasts working on a voluntary basis to help educate the public in the history of aviation!

The society’s collection currently includes over 40 aircraft, ranging from vintage World War Two fighters through Cold War-era fast jets, Shorts designed and built aircraft, civilian aircraft, military helicopters, engines, artefacts and rare aviation reference materials, all with a strong link to aviation within the island of Ireland!  All of the society’s aircraft collection is housed within an ex-World War Two hangar at Maze Long Kesh, outside Lisburn on the site of an old prison!

Guided tours of the Society’s hangar are available to book via their website. Visitors who choose to take part in a tour can expect a volunteer tour guide to specifically drive to the hangars to meet the group of visitors that created the booking. This means that the guide is there purely for you and your personal visit and you won’t be sharing a tour with others!

  • Open every day from 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Tour bookings must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your visit
  • Admission is free of charge
  • Donations are welcome

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