An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., the Prime Minister of Ireland, officially opened a new €5 million extension to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and ASL Airlines Ireland supported the celebrations with a flypast by B737-400F EI-STV. Foynes, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, was Ireland’s first transatlantic airport and the European hub of flying boat air travel from 1937 to 1945.
Congratulations to the ASLI team who made the flypast possible, Capt. Paul Whelan and pictured, Capt. Niall Goff, Capt. Con Murphy and Capt. Simon Mounsey.
ASL was delighted to celebrate the museum’s special day which is expected to attract 100,000 aviation enthusiasts and tourists next year to the village of Foynes in Limerick, Ireland.
The museum also includes a new exhibition honouring former museum patron and Oscar winning Irish actress Maureen O’Hara. Her husband, Capt. Charlie Blair also features prominently in the museum. He was a renowned pilot who took the last flying boat out of Foynes in 1945 and shortly afterwards, captained the first ‘land plane’ transatlantic flight into the new Shannon Airport, just across the Estuary from Foynes.
Air to Air shots courtesy of Pat Lanigan-Ryan and Frank Grealish.