Monday, 26 August 2013

Mayo Woman pioneer Aviator: Help wanted for documentary

AT-6 Texan
A documentary is currently in production on Nancy Corrigan, one of the first female pilots. A County Mayo woman who in 1929, at 17 years of age, emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, with only a basic education and went on to become one of the first women pilots. She trained air cadets for the US Military during World War II. Nancy also took part in Air Races. She was the second woman ever to gain a commercial pilot's licence.

Her plane was an AT-6 Texan. I am keen to make contact with an owner of such a plane so that we can re-enact on camera some scenes of Nancy training air cadets etc. Ideally we would love to locate a female pilot who can fly an AT-6, or similar. We would ideally like to film this in Cleveland, Ohio, but are flexible.

Any help or leads or contacts who can help would be appreciated email

Bernadette, assistant producer

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EI-REX Learjet 60 Private Sky visits Dublin Weston Executive Airport

Courtesy: Damian Bracken 
The first of a Learjet 60 to Dublin Weston Executive Airport occurred last Wednesday 22nd August, with the visit of EI-REX Learjet 60 construction number 60-149 Private Sky using call-sign 'HYR60A' on a training mission.

Private Sky based at Shannon Airport operates a fleet of Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLS, Falcon 900, Learjet 60.

Visit Damian Bracken's Flicker page.

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Historic visit of Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA to Dublin Weston Executive Airport

G-PBYA Catalina at Dublin Weston Executive Airport
On Saturday 24th August 2013 Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA made an historic visit to Dublin Weston as part of it's Circuit of Britain 100th Anniversary Commemorative Flight touching down just after 1.10pm . The 2013 Circuit of Britain challenge is lead by Australian Catalina Pilot Jeff Boyling.

The aircraft flew down the North East of Ireland entering Irish airspace at Kilkeel routing along the coast via Skerries, Loughshinny, Rush, Baily Lighthouse and performed a number of fly-bys at Dun Laoghaire.
The routed over Dublin City Centre up the river Liffey prior to landing at Weston for fuel departing again at 2.01pm for Dale and Pembroke Dock.

See Catalina's display at Dun Laoghaire courtesy of Eva Szilagyi.

Captain Jeff Boylng and crew 

The 70 year old aircraft was built in 1943 by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville, Quebec, it served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943 until 1961. It was then struck off charge and continued life for many years as a fire bomber in Canada and France. It was flown from Canada to the UK in 2004 and is now based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

The aircraft is to make return to Dublin Weston Executive Airport to part-take in FlightFest on 15th September.

For more information see Project Hawker 2013.
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