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Published on March 28th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer

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Annual Commemoration of the first East to West Transatlantic Flight 1928

Celebrating the 93rd anniversary of the first East to West Transatlantic flight that changed the world and an update on the Portlaoise Plane.

The organisers of this online event look forward to welcoming you to their first virtual commemoration marking the incredible achievements of Col Fitzmaurice, the impact of the Portlaoise Plane during his formative years in Laois and the legacy of the Bremen flight. The exact running order will be confirmed over the coming weeks but the evening will include ;

  • A welcome from Teddy Fennelly; Chairman of the Col Fitzmaurice Commemoration Society
  • A short video to document ‘The Impossible Dream’ project – a specially commissioned suite of music by composer Martin Tourish inspired by the life of Col James Fitzmaurice for the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra.
  • Statements from The Irish Air Corps and the German Ambassador
  • An update on the restoration of the Portlaoise Plane

The event takes place on 12th April from 19:00 to 20:30 online. You can register for the event here.


About the Author

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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