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Aer Lingus

Books about the Irish Viscount owner and operator Aer Lingus

Nick Webb illustration of Aer Lingus Viscount EI-AFV

Aer Lingus V.707 Viscount c/n 30 EI-AFV

Doesn't Time Fly?:
Aer Lingus - Its History

by Mike Cronin

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It is 75 years since Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline, took to the sky.

This book not only charts the history of the airline, but also focuses on those who have worked for it and have flown with it. It draws heavily on the company's extensive archive of photographs, posters and advertisements, as well as the ephemera and memories of its staff.

A social history of an airline, it chronicles the innovative ways in which Aer Lingus has met a plethora of challenges since 1936, and how it has always been able to adapt and transform itself.

This is an indispensable book for anyone who has ever been connected with Aer Lingus, has boarded one of their planes, or is fascinated about how this most modern and revolutionary technology transported Irishness, as symbolised by the tail-fin shamrock, across the seas.

Tragedy at Tuskar Rock

by Mike Reynolds

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An Irish government report was published two years after the disaster. It speculated on possible causes for the crash but produced no definitive conclusions.

A blizzard of rumour surrounded the incident for many years, of which the most popular was that the plane had been blown out of the sky during a British military training exercise and that the whole thing had subsequently been hushed up to spare the blushes of the London government.

More than thirty years after the crash, the Irish government delegated a new study to three independent experts, two French and one Australian.

Mike Reynolds was their Irish-based assistant, gathering information, interviewing surviving witnesses and performing other relevant tasks. He made a crucial contribution which suggested that the initial upset to the aircraft had occurred much earlier in the flight than had always been assumed.

The final report concluded that all of the evidence is consistent with some initial damage to the left tail-plane, shortly after take-off from Cork. No other aircraft or missile was involved.

'Tragedy at Tuskar Rock' is based on Mike Reynolds' work on the report. It is a detective tale of how the clues were assembled and how the mystery was unravelled. It also reveals a dramatic twist in the story. Everything was not as it seemed.

The real story of the crash, presented here for the first time in book form, is far more interesting than the conspiracy theories - and just as sensational.

Pioneers in Flight:
Aer Lingus and the Story of Aviation in Ireland

by Niall G Weldon

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Pioneers in Flight tells the story of the men and women who were instrumental in developing the aviation industry in Ireland. Niall Weldon, who worked for Aer Lingus from 1947 to 1988 and witnessed the major developments in the airline over that time, recalls the many challenges the fledgling industry had to overcome at a time when the Irish state itself was in its infancy. In particular, he describes the many men of vision who saw the need for a national airline and worked tirelessly to make it into a commercial success.

The author recounts the ups and downs of the airline industry in the 20th century and considers the recent upheavals at Aer Lingus that leave its future in doubt. Throughout the story, the author provides in-depth profiles of the key people involved, such as Colonel James Fitzmaurice, Hugh Cahill, Captain O. E. Armstrong, Sean Lemass, Captain P. W. (Darby) Kennedy, Jerry Dempsey, Michael Dargan, Captain J. C. Kelly-Rogers, David Kennedy and others. With numerous photos of the key events and people in the industry, this is an affectionate portrayal of people of courage, creativity and tenacity as they struggled to create the national airline.

Aer Lingus (German)

by Ronald Cohn and Jesse Russell

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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Aer Lingus ist eine irische Fluggesellschaft mit Sitz in Dublin und Drehkreuz auf dem Flughafen Dublin. This book was created using print-on-demand technology.

The Flight of the 'Iolar':
Aer Lingus Experience, 1936-86

by Bernard Share

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Vintage Aer Lingus New York travel poster
A3 print

by VPS

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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