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Published on October 14th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer

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Petticoat Pilots Book Launch – Tuesday 29th October

Biographies and Achievements of Irish Female Aviators, 1909–1939, by Michael Traynor.

The Launch of this book will take place on Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 19.00–21.00 at the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, D01 V229. Both volumes available at special discounted price of €50

The invitation is open to anyone who may be interested but you must RSVP to Michael Traynor at traynormichael0@gmail.com . Wine and soft drinks will be provided . Multi-storey parking will be available in nearby Commons Street. A free pass to take a tour of the award-winning EPIC Irish Emigration Museum will be offered to those attending the event


From gentle flights by balloon to high-speed, adrenaline-packed air races, the women in these two volumes did it all. They competed in flying competitions throughout Europe, Africa and America. They grabbed newspaper headlines when they completed long-distance solo endurance flights. They established world records in other aviation spheres.

They were honoured with titles. Their backgrounds ranged from poverty to aristocracy but they associated and mingled with royals, nobles and socialites in the aviation heyday of the 1920s and 1930s.

Sadly, however, history has largely forgotten these women. These two volumes give them their rightful place among Irish achievers of the early twentieth century.

The two volumes contain the biographies of over a dozen Irish­women who were at the cutting edge of the aeronautical revolu­tion that swept these islands in the early twentieth century. Their stories are told against the backdrop of Irish economic, social and political life. Some enjoyed a lavish and aristocratic lifestyle, while others struggled to support themselves. They hailed from the four provinces of Ireland.

The book contains a foreword by President Michael D. Higgins.

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About the Author

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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