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...Where the History of Aviation is Still Flying

Flying Planes

Short answer: we are a group of some 1,600 plus individuals who have been blessed with the opportunity to function as a pilot in command of one of the aircraft types pictured above on or after our 80th birthday.

The UFO was "born" on November 2, 1982, in Las Vegas, NV. There, a group of senior pilots who mutually shared a love of aviation, set about to form a tax-exempt organization that would attract other 80-year-olds to join their quest. They adopted a charter, elected officers, set an original annual dues of $20 (the same as it is today), and determined to meet regularly in order to share stories (exaggerations?) of their piloting expertise and enjoy each other's company.

Additionally, financial donations to support our ongoing operations are graciously accepted from our members

In the years since our formation, the UFO has experienced phenomenal growth. Presently we have members in every one of the 50 states as well as many other countries. We are truly international!

What Is Our Mission Statement?

Our Charter provides a succinct answer to this question: "The PURPOSE is to promote longevity and safety in aviation; to represent the interests of senior pilots worldwide; to inspire youth to fly; and to promote fellowship among senior pilots" That last purpose is far and away our most important objective: promoting fellowship. We attempt to accomplish that goal through our regular meetings which are completely open to members and UFO wannabe's as well. (Check out the opportunities on the Events Page.)