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Wed 28th August, 2024 — 8pm

UAS Hangar 1, via Gate 3, Maze Long Kesh, Lisburn, BT27 5RF

RAF Tornado Pilot

Speaker — IAN DORNAN



After nearly 40 years' frontline action, the Tornado's life came to an end in March 2019 and the RAF finally said goodbye to the aircraft. Squadron Leader IAN DORNAN, known by the call sign “Doorknob,” amassed over 9,000 flying hours on the Tornado within the RAF. He's also a UAS member!


As the lucky pilot for the RAF Tornado’s final flight around the UK during March 2019, he carried the weight of history on his shoulders by describing it as an “absolute honour and a privilege" to fly the iconic fighter jet for the very last time.


“It’s really when I think about all the aircrew that have gone before me and all the engineers that have made it possible to put the jet in the air,” he said at the time.


The final flypast of the Tornado aircraft over RAF Marham (Image: Joe Giddens/PA)

He will share some of his experiences alongside the dramatic backdrop of the UAS' own Tornado Jet ZG771 within Hangar 1.


Members can expect some fantastic insight and stories into the Tornado’s legacy and performance.


Whether you’re a fast-jet enthusiast, aviation buff, or simply curious about military history, this special event promises an unforgettable evening.


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from an authentic 'Tonka' pilot.


Mark your calendars for the Ulster Aviation Society’s summer event for MEMBERS only!




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