Published on August 17th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Lingus DC-3 Video

One of the star attractions of the Bray Airshow this year was the Douglas DC-3 painted in period Aer Lingus colours. This DC-3 was manufactured in September 1943 and is currently registered ZS-NTE. It served with the Royal Air Force until transfer to the South African Air Force in 1945. There it remained until retired in 1995. It was sold and registered ZS-NTE and after a period of 7 years in storage was restored to flying condition in 2009 and modified from a C47 cargo version to a DC3 passenger configuration. It is painted in the colours of EI-ACD.

The original EI-ACD was built as a Douglas (Model DC-3A-456) C-47A-DL, msn 9140, USAAF serial number 42-32914, and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces on March 4, 1943. After serving in North Africa and Europe, the aircraft was sold to Aer Lingus, registered EI-ACD, and delivered on 14th December 1945. After being converted to a commercial airline configuration, she flew for Aer Lingus until 1963. Initially, she was named “Padraig” (St. Patrick) but was renamed “St. Gall” from 1954 to 1957. In June 1963, she was sold to a Portuguese airline based in the Azores.

More information about this aircraft is available HERE.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He 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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