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Published on November 22nd, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer

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Voyage of the Southern Sun Premiere

Michael Smith, who visited Ireland 2 years ago on his “world tour” is coming to Ireland this weekend for the European premiere of the movie and to launch his book “Voyage of the Southern Sun” at Foynes Flying Boat Museum on Sunday 26th November at 2.00pm. Foynes was the European destination & departure point for the first flying boats between Europe and the USA – PamAm’s first commercial flyingboat the ‘Yankee Clipper’ landed at Foynes in 1939. The last flying boat to depart Foynes destined for New York was Michael Smiths tiny Searey which departed the Shannon Estuary on 11th July 2015.

For more information on the background to this event please see www.southernsun.voyage …. the opening screenshot features his Searey flying over Rosses Point Golf course following his departure from Sligo Airport

Those interested in attending are asked to book early – the museum has been flooded recently and only the reception area and cinema is available for this event. Contact museum for more details tel: 069 65416



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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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