Visit to the Ulster Aviation Society at Long Kesh, 16th November 2009

    This visit had been arranged as a private visit because the Ulster Aviation Society is still not open to the public. It has moved location from Langford Lodge into much more spacious premises to allow more room for future growth. The site that they are now located in is part of the Maze Regeneration Site, on what was the old Maze Prison. This site is undergoing major work and eventually should be home to a number of tourist attractions that the public can visit.

    Until then though, there is a limit to the number of visits that can be hosted, and also the numbers of people who can visit, so we were fortunate to be allowed to bring a small number of us on a guided tour of the societies exhibits.

    As well as a number of aircraft that have local connections, there are a whole range of displays of memorabilia and local artefacts collected from the region, and some of the many of the display rooms are dedicated to different historical organisations. There is also a very well documented library that is being painstakingly inventoried.

Thanks must go to the volunteers at the Ulster Aviation Society for their hospitality.


Listed below are the aircraft noted during our visit:-

JV482 Wildcat V
WN108 Sea Hawk FB3 Coded 033
WZ549 Vampire T11 Coded F
XM414 Jet Provost T3A Coded 101 and H
XR517 Wessex HC2 Coded N
XV361 Buccaneer S2B
202 Alouette III Ex IAC
G-BTUC Tucano