Saint Patrick’s Day

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No lesson this weekend as the plane is down for maintenance. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s an article with awesome photos of Irish aviation history. Scroll to the bottom and click through the gallery. Check out the lady hanging out her wash in front of a Boeing, Amelia Earhart, and an awesome flying circus photo.

Come fly with me: a history of Irish aviation in images

And how have I never heard of Lilian Bland? She was a photographer, martial artist and Ireland’s first female pilot and the world’s first female aviation engineer.

Lilian Bland: Ireland’s first female pilot, the world’s first female aviation engineer

Wikipedia article about Lilian Bland

 

The first person to fly and build his own powered airplane in Great Britain was an Irishman most known for his contributions to the development of the tractor, Harry Ferguson, in 1909.

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