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Cabinets in the Fred Jennings Radio Room at Ulster Aviation Society


The Fred Jennings' Radio Room, is a captivating exhibit that has been meticulously curated by the living legend and Second World War veteran, Fred Jennings, a 99-year-old Second World War veteran and was aided by radio enthusiast and electronics engineer, the late Jimmy Lappin, it draws from their first-hand experiences and expertise.

During the War, radio communication played a crucial role in connecting pilots and ground crews, enabling swift and coordinated action. In the Radio Room, you will discover the remarkable advancements made in radio technology during this era.


Marvel at the vintage radios on display, which served as lifelines for pilots in the skies. These intricately designed devices were the backbone of communication, ensuring vital information reached its destination accurately and efficiently.  


It allows you to step into a world of vintage innovation and technological marvel as you delve into the fascinating history of analogue radio technology used in aircraft and its indispensable contribution to the war effort during the Second World War.

Benches of Vintage Radios in the Fred Jennings Radio Room at Ulster Aviation Society


Fred and Jimmy's deep knowledge and passion for radio technology shone through, with every display capturing the essence of an era that shaped the course of communications history.

They both provided personal anecdotes and stories adding a touch of authenticity, and providing visitors with a unique perspective on the significance of radio communication during wartime, right through the Cold War era.

Explore the Radio Room and witness the evolution of analogue radios, from the early experimental models to the finely-tuned instruments used in aircraft during the War.

Huge analogue Radio transmitters in the Fred Jennings Radio Room in the Ulster Aviation Society


Each radio artefact tells a story of innovation and ingenuity, as engineers and technicians worked tirelessly to develop radios capable of withstanding the rigours of aerial combat. Could your iPhone or Android phone do the same?


These technological marvels not only facilitated communication but also played a vital role in navigation, targeting, and gathering intelligence and offer a glimpse into the brave men and women who operated these radios.


From the skilled radio operators stationed in aircraft to the ground crews maintaining the communication infrastructure, their dedication and expertise were instrumental in ensuring the success of missions and the safety of the pilots.

Type N Transmitter from a Handley Page Halifax bomber from the Second World War, at the Ulster Aviation Society

The Fred Jennings' Radio Room at the Ulster Aviation Society stands as a tribute to the ingenuity and bravery of those who harnessed the power of analogue radio technology during the Second World War. It serves as a reminder of the vital role communication played in the war effort, facilitating coordination, intelligence gathering, and the delivery of crucial information in the heat of battle.

Cabinet of many aircraft instruments at the Ulster Aviation Society

Immerse yourself in the stories, artefacts, and memories of those who relied on these radio systems. Discover the spirit of innovation that shaped the course of history and pay homage to the unsung heroes who operated these vital communication devices.

PAE Receiver and Transmitter in the Radio Room at the Ulster Aviation Society

It offers a captivating journey into the past and a profound appreciation for the technological marvels that transformed the skies during the Second World War that paved the way for the quantum computing, Artificial Intelligence and smartphone era we live in today. The big dials and knobs are a vintage world away from what you know on your phones and iPads.

Visiting the Radio Room will transport you back in time to an era where every crackle of the radio held a lifeline to the skies and this remarkable exhibit, ensures that the legacy of analogue radio technology with its immense contribution to the war effort remains alive for future generations to experience.

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