Published on October 25th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Shannon Airport Marks 75th Anniversary of First Transatlantic Passenger Flight

Yesterday, Saturday 24th October, Shannon Airport marked the 75th Anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial passenger flight to arrive into the airport. The American Overseas Airlines (now American Airlines) DC-4 landed on the 24th October 1945. The Irish Times reported on the day that one of the guest passengers remarked ‘the trip was as smooth as a train ride, despite a gale blowing over the Atlantic as they crossed.’ Marking the event, the airport said: “This marked the start of 75 years of transatlantic flights into Shannon but, moreover, triggered an industrial and tourism revolution across the Mid-West, West and South of Ireland, a legacy that we are very much looking forward to continuing in the future.”

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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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