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Aviation society war show went down a bomb

Along with thousands of other amateur and serious enthusiasts, my family enjoyed an afternoon to remember, viewing a huge selection of planes, helicopters, vintage cars, military vehicles and weaponry dating from the 2nd World War to the '50s, '60s, and '70s, at the spectacular Ulster Aviation Society Open Day, at the Maze/Long Kesh site at Lisburn.

What a fascinating and well organised day. At times I felt transported back in time to the sights and sounds of my youth.

For just a 'fiver' you could stand next to one of the Buccaneers ordered to bomb the doomed oil tanker the Torrey Canyon in 1967. Or climb aboard a Wessex helicopter, or get your photograph taken standing beside an 'American G.I.' and his jeep, holding a tank busting bazooka.

Or take a seat in Lynx helicopter or just stand by, while the flyboys took off in an Air Rescue Sea King, like the one the princes use.

What an absolute wealth of vehicles, aircraft and equipment and that was only the outside!

Congratulations to the local volunteers of the Ulster Aviation Society for laying on such a marvellous show.

TJ McClean

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