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Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:03 pm
by Tony Kearns

Re: IMG]

Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 8:45 pm
by Jim
Tony Kearns wrote:Apologies Jim I may have given the wrong impression, when I say survey I mean a survey carried out by the Air Corps and not a national survey.

Ah! an IAC survey, that explains everything, Thanks Tony.
The IAC at the time surveyed a lot of sites/potential sites but very few were sanctioned as suitable.

I am attempting to attached another Athlone location, this site was inspected in September 1933 . Fingers crossed!

The big meadow is credited with aircraft landing throughout the years but, believe it or not it is Marshland. Big meadow is part of the area known locally as "the Meadows" The northern end(20%) of BM is higher and dryer, and the field north (little Meadow) in later years formed "The Athlone Showgrounds". This is where Patsy claims the aircraft "Performed".
He also mentioned the "Soldiers Field".
This is an area near to where The canal starts on the Northern end.

Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 10:09 pm
by Tony Kearns
Thanks Jim for that and very interesting.
Tony K

Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 10:26 pm
by kilo delta
Ahh...the Meadows!! Made infamous by the fine art of "knacker drinking" during the 80's/90's :lol: :P

Posted: Sat May 16, 2009 12:32 am
by Jim
Spot on KD :D
The Raunchy clan were replaced by those aviators heading for cloud nine with their flagons! :shock:

Posted: Sat May 16, 2009 2:03 pm
by hugoj_air
And I told Tony there was no flying there :shock:


Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:54 am
by Jim
Well, flying above it yes!

August 1970.....Mr.D took off from the showground in his homemade gyro and crash landed in big meadow.... flight = 600 mtrs

He rebuilt the machine and 2 wks later pushed it down the road to the showgrounds again along with all the local children.
He fired up the VW engine and,............along came The local Garda and confiscated it :!:

There was minimal restriction on light HB aircraft at the time but, Suicide was illegal at the time :lol:

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 9:30 am
by kilo delta
Jim..was this the Mr P.D. who was infamous for cycling around town with trailer in tow while tethered to a plethora of dogs?

Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 6:27 pm
by Jim
Spot on again KD,
Very intelligent fella back then!
Standard VW 1300 with self built gyro, belt driven reduction and prop.
I was surprized it actually lifted off at all :shock:

He refused to sell me his '52 BSA B31 which he later crashed sustaining brain damage.

Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 9:22 pm
by hugoj_air
A sad end to what was a very interesting gentleman. We dont seem to
grow characters like him anymore, more's the pity.

I had a look at the Westmeath planning website maps, searching for
Bigmeadow. It turns out that everyone is more or less correct. First
the area used was as Jim said, the drier northern part of the marshland
and a section known as "Athlone Showgrounds", but I was surprised to
note that the townland of Bigmeadow runs from the southern tip of the
marsh beside the river Shannon and continue's north right up to the
bridge. Then zig-zag's west along the southern boundry of Custume
Barracks to the canal bridge and continues south along the canal back
to the southern tip. A large triangle. So it is correct to call the landing
field Bigmeadow or Athlone Showgrounds. One final point, the full title of
the townland is "Athlone and Bigmeadow".


Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 2:37 am
by Jim
hugoj_air wrote:A sad end to what was a very interesting gentleman.

Not necessary an end, i believe this guy is still around but the mind may be of a different level!

We dont seem to grow characters like him anymore, more's the pity.

Actually, we do. but today the authorities, tight legislation and society seem to prevent the exposure of their many talents.
An example is the Roscommon man who not only designed but built his own Jet in his garage. I saw it in 1993 and it resemled nothing like i have ever seen.
It is a single seat "Sidart" and he believes it could reach supersonic speeds.
He said he brought it down to "Carnagh" range and completed all the ground tests but at the time of starting flight tests the carnagh area was unavailable as the army were in practice. He is unfortunatly now in the County home.
I will attempt to get some snaps but, dont hold your breath

Re: Midlands Airport at Horseleap

Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:16 am
by mark
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Re: Midlands Airport at Horseleap/Sidart???

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:16 pm
by Roll_your_own
Eh, Jim, still holding my breath for words or pictures of the Roscommon Sidart Jet....
Any chance of a little more information? Is the project abandoned or is the builder gent likely to
revive it anytime soon? :shock:

Re: Midlands Airport at Horseleap

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:40 pm
by Jim
I said "Dont hold" diddle i ??

That poor gent is still within the bounds of Top Watch.
(Possibly considered a security risk :lol: )

I have not had the chance to visit him since Early December, personal problems - my side!