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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.








Aer Lingus Flight 712

by Jesse Russell


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Flight 712, operated by Aer Lingus crashed en route from Cork to London on 24 March 1968 killing 61 passengers and crew. The plane, a Vickers Viscount V.803 named 'St. Phelim', crashed into the sea off Tuskar Rock, County Wexford.

Although the investigation into the crash lasted two years, a cause was never determined. There has long been popular speculation that the aircraft was shot down by a British experimental missile. Aberporth in West Wales was at the time the most advanced British missile testing station.







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

by Niall G Weldon


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Aer Lingus (German)

by Ronald Cohn and Jesse Russell


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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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