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Published on August 6th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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Ulster Aviation Society Museum to Reopen

The Ulster Aviation Society Museum is to reopen next Monday (10th August) following its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum which is usually open from March until October and is staffed by volunteers. Tours must be pre-booked and are currently only been handled in small groups due to the Coronavirus restrictions. The museum is housed within two ex-WWII hangars at Maze Long Kesh, outside Lisburn (on the site of the old prison) in Co. Down.

The museum currently includes over 40 aircraft, ranging from vintage WWII fighters through Cold War-era fast jets, Shorts-designed & built aircraft, light transport, civilian aircraft, home-builds, plus military helicopters, support vehicles, engines, artefacts and rare aviation reference materials, all with strong links to aviation within the island of Ireland.

Ulster Aviation Society chairman Raymond Burrows said: “We’re responding in a safe and positive manner to this crisis. Our guides are keen to demonstrate that a fascinating tour of our museum is still possible.” The museum has a one-way system with appropriate floor markings, signage and barriers, as well as a separate entrance and exit at the hangars are in place as well as hand sanitising stations. Visitors’ details will be recorded to allow for any subsequent tracing, with people encouraged to wear face masks.

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