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Plane in Roscommon

Post by mixturerich » Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:30 pm

Hi Folks,

Lately, while passing through Roscommon Town, I've spotted a Light Aircraft parked outside a house on the Dublin side of Roscommon. It look like it may be a Piper or Rallye. Obviously there must be an airstrip there but not possible to see from the road.

Anybody know anything about the type of plane it is etc.

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by buggyB » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:52 pm

There used to be a blue Rallye based there years ago between Roscommon and Knockcroghery, just before the level crossing. I wonder if it is the same person. I haven't seen the particular aircraft I'm talking about for over 20 years so maybe it's a different one but perhaps using the same field (it was never really a strip). Interesting. Maybe James (Tibohine) might know the place.

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by Jim » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:24 pm

I believe you will find that what Mixturerich is referring to is the disused Cloon strip, just outside Roscommon Town on the N63 Lanesborough road. Has not been used in over 45 Years.

The Blue Rallye you refer to was Possibly Whelans on the Athlone side of the Railway crossing.
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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by hugoj_air » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:41 am

Hi Jim,

Can you give me the exact location of the "Cloon" strip please plus runway heading's and lenght if possible.

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by mixturerich » Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:21 pm

Hi buggyB and Jim,

I don't know the Roscommon area, but the plane is parked infront of a 'Manor Style' house which sits back in off the road, just opposite Hannon's Hotel on the Athlone road. (Just when you are leaving the Roscommon Town 60km zone).

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by hugoj_air » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:13 pm

Hi Mixturerich,

Would you believe it, on Google Earth the house is on a 2010 aerial photo while the garden in front is on as 2006. So no aircraft showing. Any chance of a photo at all, or failing that a registration if one can be seen. That would answer some of the questions. Do you remember any colours on the machine at all.
There isn't nor never was an airstrip in this particular area, so the aircraft must have been roaded in.

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by Jim » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:03 pm

Hugo,
I will email what i have on Cloon

At Acres House on the Athlone Road, there sits a Rallye registered as N370AJ.
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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by hugoj_air » Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:14 pm

Thanks Jim,

When you're ready, no rush.

Cloon is an odd one because there isn't a townland of that name in Roscommon, But there are well over 200 townlands in Roscommon starting with Cloon as part of their name. So probably local's shorten it to Cloon, but that must cause major confusion if there are a group of "Cloons" within a small area. Roll on the post codes, providing they DO NOT supersede the townland names as happened in Northern Ireland.

Thats very interesting, a US registered Rallye here in Ireland

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by hugoj_air » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:24 pm

Update for you.
It is Ex EI-BHY SOCATA MS 892E Rallye 150 ST c/n 2929.

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by mixturerich » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:52 am

Hi Hugo,

Very good detective work - I wonder might they intend to get it airworthy again?

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by hugoj_air » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:13 pm

One of the major problems with all Rallyes has been the main spar. It runs from wing tip to wing tip passing under the front seats. I believe it's a metal alloy construction and unless it's anti-corrosive treated the alloys can deteriorate in the damp Irish climate. If that were to happen then the whole airframe is practally useless as it would be far too expensive to replace, assuming you can get a new replacment. If the main spar is good to go then it would be a viable project.
As for N370AJ it's hard to say what the owner/s are planning. You would think if they were going to fly the Rallye again they would have taken it to an airfield for handyness. Also why the US registration, unless it's to be dismantled and created for export.

Any chance of a photo from anyone.

The Rallye was one of the finest training/touring aircraft of the last century. Sadly it's very old technology so not a patch on the modern machines.

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by hugoj_air » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:04 pm

Update to Rallye N370AJ.
I now have aerial photos on my Database http://www.irishavsites.com/details.php?image_id=629" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; showing the location which as it turns out is about 600m NE of the hotel on the N61 Athlone road. Plus the field it's in could easily be used as an airstrip.

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by shrtfld » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:02 pm

Interesting info about BHY. Ex Limerick Flying CLub - sold to or though Dave Bruton a few years ago. I thought it had gone to the great scrap heap in the aviation sky. Obviously not.

Per FAA now registered to Patrick J Coyne from Co Galway.
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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by MayoPrintLab » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:20 am

@Hugo>> Nice web site there, just spent an hour going through some images.
Well done

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Re: Plane in Roscommon

Post by hugoj_air » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:19 pm

Thank you Brendan, always nice to get a pat on the back for one's efforts. What you see on the database at present is only the tip of the iceberg of information and photographs still waiting to be added, but if you are interested in offering any info or photographs related to any site in Ireland, I would be delighted to hear from you.

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