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Aer Lingus ‘Iolar’ to Fly at NI International Airshow

Aer Lingus ‘Iolar’ to Fly at NI International Airshow

The Aer Lingus ‘Iolar,’ a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon, will fly once again at the Northern Ireland International Airshow on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September in West Bay, Portrush, Co Antrim.

The DH84 Dragon is the sister aircraft of the original ‘Iolar’ that operated the first Aer Lingus flight between Baldonnel and Bristol on 27th May 1936, carrying just five passengers.

To coincide with Aer Lingus’s 75th anniversary celebrations this year, the Iolar has been restored by a specialist group of Aer Lingus pilots and engineers. It has since featured heavily in special events to mark the anniversary and has also taken part in airshows across Ireland and Britain.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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