Published on December 24th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – Charles Lindburg was 39 and Orville Wright was alive when my plane left the factory – David Kelly

In 2021 David Kelly’s aircraft will be 80. It’s a Luscombe – a tail dragger, and he started looking for it before he had even finished his PPL. On this episode of Long Final, David shares some entries from his logbook and tells us the story of his “affair” with a classic aircraft which left the factory in 1941 when Charles Lindburg was only 39 and Orville Wright was still alive.

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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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