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Friday 19 September 2014

Ready for take off on Blackrock strand

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:20

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This photograph has been in the family of Parick (Paddy) O'Connor, Blackrock for as long as he can remember.

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Lately he did a bit of research and is satisfied that the picture was taken at Blackrock in or around 1934.

The couple standing beside the plane are his parents who lived in Co. Monaghan but would have been fairly regular visitors to Blackrock.

With some research he was able to identify the plane as a 'Descoulter' and was one of the first ones built in the UK. It was first registred to the National Flying Servives (NFS) on February 18th, 1930.

NFS were based at Hanworth (near Feltham - Hounslow) on the ourskirts of London and undertook flying training and air taxi and charter work.

It is thought that the aircraft was in Ireland on a charter or air taxi flight, although a season of pleasure flying is also a possibility.

The aircraft crashed in November, 1934 and was written off at Stanstead, Essex on April 9th, 1935.

Paddy would be grateful if anyone has any more information on the aircraft or the regular fights from Blackrock strand.

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