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.
The Blue Rallye you refer to was Possibly Whelans on the Athlone side of the Railway crossing.
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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).
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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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
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.
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.
Per FAA now registered to Patrick J Coyne from Co Galway.
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