Published on June 10th, 2024 | by Jenny Jacobs


Pilot.ie Product of the Week – Pioneers, Showmen and the RFC: Early Aviation in Ireland 1909-1914

Written by Guy Warner, Pioneers, Showmen and the RFC is an examination of the key events in the field of aviation during the five years between Harry Ferguson’s first flight and the outbreak of the Great War. It studies the people, the aircraft and the places involved, and makes much use of contemporary sources to reveal the story through the eyes of those who witnessed these exciting times.

“Few people nowadays are able to visualise the difficulties and dangers of learning to fly in 1910…flying was in the experimental stage, it was impossible to predict how the frail and flimsy structure would behave in the air.” Captain Frederick Sykes, writing in 1940. This is a brand new account of early aviation in Ireland. All the main personalities are covered as well as much new research on several more obscure pioneers.

Pioneers, Showmen and the RFC is this week’s Pilot.ie Product of the Week with 15% off until Monday 17th June. Discount automatically applied at the checkout. You can get your discounted copy here: https://pilot.ie/product/pioneers-showmen-and-the-rfc/

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About the Author

Jenny has been involved behind the scenes with Flying In Ireland since it’s foundation in 2002, initially creating the crosswords for the hard copy magazine. Since returning to Ireland from the UK at the beginning of this year she has begun to write more regularly for the website. Jenny is a director and the operations manager of Pilot.ie a dedicated online pilot supplies shop and consultancy for pilots in Ireland in partnership with FlyingInIreland Editor Mark Dwyer. Their 4 year old daughter Maeve is the boss.

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