My interest in flying will always be inextricably linked to Hayden Lawford. In April 1970 (when I was 15) as a treat for my brother on his Confirmation day my father arranged for Hayden Lawford to take each of us (my brother and me) for a 15 minute flip out of Coonagh in Champion Citabria EI-ANT. I will never forget that experience. By the time I landed I knew I had to learn to fly and thus began a long love affair with all things aviation. Nearly two years later for my 17th birthday my parents paid for my sub and first flying lesson with Limerick Flying Club.
Thirty three years later many thanks Hayden for the intro. Send me a PM and I'll get in touch. Hope you are keeping well.
For anyone with the remotest interest in Irish aviation and its history, I recommend to get your hands on same.
Lar & Mark, if you're looking for articles etc for the mag, based on the book, Hayden may be a good source, starting with a profile of the man himself maybe.
We have already been looking into this. We had the pleasure of being introduced to Hayden Lawford by Michael Traynor at the Salthill Airshow and again at the re-enactment of the Alcock & Brown flight at Cliften last weekend.
I have only begun reading the book "In Galway Skies" and it is very interesting, well worth a read.
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Hayden is as enthusiastic about aviation as when he first arrived in Coonagh almost 40 years ago. He has put together a wonderful piece of research on his father - Bill Lawford, a man that was instrumental in teaching John Alcock to fly !!
I agree with the previous comments about his book - In Galway Skies. A must for anyone that wants to find out about the history of aviation in Galway - including the formation of Aer Arann, with which he had a role to play.
My first encounter with Hayden was on a visit to the Arann Islands - the rest is for the 'high stool'. Since then we have become good friends. He seems to be constantly researching aviation topics - something we are all grateful for. !!
Thanks for the memories, Hayden
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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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me know if you are visiting the West
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