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by Hayden Lawford
Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: History of EI-AMT?
Replies: 10
Views: 2308

Back to EI-AMT, I flew it in Shannon back in the 60's, it was certainly an impressive aircraft for the time and could produce quite a swing with 300 gee gees up front. I have photos taken at Shannon and at the Laffina (Thurles/Holycross) display in 1963. It was flown by Sam Pratt & Joe Durnin, a...
by Hayden Lawford
Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Galway airport, whats going on?
Replies: 17
Views: 3735

All of the above re-Oranmore is pretty well correct - I flew in to Oranmore many times in the 1960's and was one of the original 2 pilots when Aer Arann commenced operations from the grass airfield in 1970. Oranmore became unusable during the winter of 1970/71, which together with a dispute between ...
by Hayden Lawford
Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: The End of Coonagh.
Replies: 22
Views: 4623

On the plus side the narrow runway at Coonagh helped to produce a goodly number of short-field experts, especially during the taildragger era of the 50's & 60's - from an instructor's point of view it could be quite interesting teaching a student how to keep straight on the then 25 ft. wide stri...
by Hayden Lawford
Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: The End of Coonagh.
Replies: 22
Views: 4623

As far as I know work is proceeding at Clifden, also Inishbofin. The fact that Galway has so many airfields is down to the original Aer Arann, which, co-incidentally was conceived at Coonagh in 1969. The death of the owner of Coonagh and major shareholder of the resident operator, Shannon Flying Ser...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: The End of Coonagh.
Replies: 22
Views: 4623

Yes buzz, I got the DEBUG message, hence triple post, also difficulty logging-in to site. I agree with your views re-a future Coonagh Avenue etc, something similar happened here recently due to the rapid development of Oranmore village. I know that those involved with steering the LFC will find a so...
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: The End of Coonagh.
Replies: 22
Views: 4623

The possible closure of Coonagh would be a huge blow to GA in the Limerick area, but realistically Coonagh been under threat since the death of it's founder, Arthur Toppin in 1970. It was only the goodwill of later landowners and the enthusiasm of the Limerick Flying Club members that ensured it's s...
by Hayden Lawford
Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Coonagh Airfield 60th Anniversary
Replies: 13
Views: 5898

Hi all,

If you need any info on activities at Coonagh during the 1960's for an article in "Flying in Ireland" I would be delighted to help. Hope to attend the party on Saturday night,

See you then,

Hayden Lawford
by Hayden Lawford
Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:41 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Salthill - pre airshow drinks
Replies: 22
Views: 7963

Sat 22.00? By the way, we had a 1 hr practice by the T birds this afternoon in good W/X - Eurofighter also displayed for 10 min.
by Hayden Lawford
Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:26 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Salthill - pre airshow drinks
Replies: 22
Views: 7963

Suggest The Office bar situated in the Holiday Hotel on the Salthill strip. Friendly pub with no loud music.
by Hayden Lawford
Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Laurence Dwyer 1959-2007 RIP
Replies: 46
Views: 16609

Deepest Sympathy on your loss Mark, our thoughts are with you,

Hayden Lawford
by Hayden Lawford
Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:23 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Hayden Lawford
Replies: 7
Views: 2006

God Lads I'm blushing!

Always glad to meet up with old friends and aviators. I am in Salthill most of the time with some visits home to the UK. My contact email in the Memberlist - hkl1940@eircom.net

Let me know if you are visiting the West


Hayden