My grandmother, who emigrated to the U.S. from County Mayo in 1907, returned to Ireland for what seem to have been two visits, both of them in the 1960s. She accompanied her sister, who made a total of four trips. At least one of the four trips -- quite possibly the first -- was on Aer Lingus; and at least one began at John F. Kennedy International Airport, in New York.
I am interested to know the opinions of this forum's members as to the airlines and aircraft that were likely involved. Because I don't know how much, if any, of the information I will use in my history, I certainly don't want anyone to do great research; still, as I say, I will appreciate your views.
According to my grandmother's sister's old passports (preserved by her daughter), data re the four trips are these:
Arrive Shannon Airport - 29 June 1964
Back in U.S. (New York) - 25 July 1964
Arrive Dublin Airport - 16 July 1966
Back in U.S. (Philadelphia) - 21 August 1966
Arrive Shannon Airport - 13 July 1969
Back in U.S. (New York) - 3 August 1969
Arrive Dublin Airport - 5 August 1971
Back in U.S. (New York) - 7 September 1971
I would guess "New York" always means JFK International.
My grandmother's sister had no qualms about flying Aer Lingus, for each of its planes was named after a saint. I don't know when Aer Lingus began naming its planes that way, but a quick internet search has given me the impression it is still naming them so.
Again -- I certainly don't want anyone to trouble himself or herself; but I will appreciate your thoughts about the airlines and aircraft involved.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
P.S. I have said my grandmother's trips were in the 1960s because, at the moment, the trips she made seem probably to have been "Trip 2" and "Trip 3" above.
If it was Aer Lingus then the first three flights would have been on B707 or B720. In 1971 it could have been B707, B720 or B747.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aer-Ling ... 0257023/M/
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aer-Ling ... 0244140/M/
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aer-Ling ... 0251985/M/
Thank you for your helpful reply, including the links to the photographs of those handsome planes. The information will help me give my grandparents' descendants some sense of the period in which my grandmother was making the trips.
If you won't mind a follow-up question: Was the "Shannon Stopover" required for the two trips that ended in Dublin (1966 and 1971)? Does that depend on the airline involved?
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