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Everyone loves a birthday party, especially when you’re on the invitation list. And you are on it!


A working group has been planning ways to celebrate the happy occasion. Yes, it will be a gift from ourselves to ourselves, but we want to involve the general public as well.


We’re considering several ideas, and some of them are in the organising phase, or in an advanced stage of readiness as you read this.


So let's start with having… a party?  Oh, yes!  A Dinner event is currently planned for Saturday 29th September 2018 with a special aviation photographic competition on display on the night.


A classy Calendar for 2018?  Already been and gone from early August 2017 with fantastic photography of our Heritage Aircraft Collection by a Getty Images photographer. NOW SOLD OUT!


Some exclusive merchandise such as a 50th Gold Pin is already on sale at the Hangar, plus a coffee table photo book (we need even more photos!) is being planned to look back over the Society's history.


A dedication event for the completion of our re-painted Phantom FG1, and a reunion for 23MU from RAF Aldergrove. That'll happen on April 28th, 2018.


Those are just for starters.  We’ll have a year-long celebration in 2018, so strap yourself in for a fab flight!


Your continuing suggestions and support will be critical to the celebration’s success. After all, it’s the strength of our members which has brought us through a half century of amazing progress, from very modest beginnings.  But the modesty is gone, and energy is in!


Tell us how you think we should mark the occasion.


The 50th anniversary working group (so far!) is:

Stephen Riley (chair), Des Regan, Garry MacDonald, Stephen Hegarty, Mark J. Cairns, Alan Chowney, and Gerald Law. Talk with any of us at the monthly meetings, or come down and see us at the hangar on Saturdays, or put your ideas to any member of the UAS' management committee that you know. We’re all eager to listen!



The Ulster Aviation Society turns 50

in 2018