Published on October 22nd, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer0
IHF Flypast at opening of Fitz Exhibition in Portlaoise
On Saturday 6th October a formation from the Irish Historic Flight led by Boeing Stearman EI-HFD flew over the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise to mark the opening of the ‘Fitz’ Exhibition. The Stearman was accompanied by the three IHF Chipmunks, 168, 169 and 170 which were fitted with smoke tanks for the event.
Colonel James Fitzmaurice flew into aviation history by co-piloting the first aeroplane to successfully cross the Atlantic in a westerly direction. The story of Fitz, from his formative years in Laois to his fearless flight, is told through this fascinating exhibition of original artefacts, infographics and short films. The exhibition runs until 26th October. See details at www.dunamaise.ie/exhibitions/current-exhibitions.html
Further information about the flight can be found here.