A bumpy landing in the offing?

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Where: Donegal, Ireland

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When: 13 June 1989

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A visit to the Tynan Collection this morning and to the wonderful county of Donegal. The diggers are working on the construction of the runway for Carrickfinn "Airport". What do we know about this airport and does it still function?

What we (now) know about this airport is that it was a grass strip until the 1980s, and that the tarmac runway we (presumably) see being laid here is still in operation. And, according to the related article on Wikipedia, has twice been voted the "world's most scenic landing spot". They are especially lovely stripes :)

Photographers: Denis Tynan 1923 - 2010

Collection: Tynan Photographic Collection

Date: 13 June 1989


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    • 09/May/2019 07:45:34

    expecting a very big zebra, makes a change from donkeys

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2019 08:03:08

    The airport in a Google aerial view.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/May/2019 08:08:26

    A flight to Dublin takes an hour and five minutes, costs €72. Same trip in a car takes 3 hours 50 minutes per Google maps.

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    • 09/May/2019 08:12:47

    It's the most scenic landing in the world, according to a survey by Privatefly.

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    • 09/May/2019 08:41:56

    Landing - youtu.be/g5s1xbdKHMg (stripes at 3:19) Take-off - youtu.be/PMb8lgZEu-M (stripes at 0:01)

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    • 09/May/2019 09:20:31

    Ponder this about closed runways and construction equipment! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Airlines_Flight_006 I had arrived as a Captain flying a Boeing 747-400, in the same typhoon. The Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 Flight 006 crashed into construction equipment on a closed runway in a typhoon, 31 October 2000. I saw the mess it had made.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 09/May/2019 09:54:42

    Flights operate twice daily all year round from Donegal to Dublin Airport, with a schedule of up to 5 times weekly from Donegal to Glasgow International Airport. www.donegalairport.ie The airport has been voted the world's most scenic approach for 2018 in a survey conducted by private jet booking service PrivateFly .... sin é.

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    • 09/May/2019 10:04:54

    Mr Tynan's 'Abbey Road' tribute ! [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4939440590/] There are several more photos in the NLI catalogue, which show it was a DAF articulated tipper truck owned by P. J. O'Kane - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000734976/HierarchyTree etc

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    • 13/May/2019 20:21:29

    That's right John and it's just made it two years in a row as the most scenic approach.