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Shannon Airport from the air! Monkey Morgan provides us with a fascinating view of Shannon or Rineanna as it was known back then with a selection of propeller driven aircraft on the tarmac and not a jet in sight! In those days it seemed to be the magic link between Europe and the Americas. Many airlines, now long gone, used it's facilities to refuel and stock up before setting out on the crossing of the North Atlantic.

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: ca. June 1955

NLI Ref: NPA MOR1234

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Oct/2021 08:15:26

    Name those planes! And cars!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Oct/2021 08:17:27

    The two storey bit is still there, which tells us we are looking due West.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Oct/2021 08:40:38

    Satellite 3D shows that square concrete pattern at right - www.google.com/maps/@52.6919252,-8.9132088,153a,35y,258.8...

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    Foxglove

    • 22/Oct/2021 08:42:17

    the seaboard and western could be a Douglas dc4. the airline ( thanks Google) set up in 1946 as a cargo line to the USA

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    O Mac

    • 22/Oct/2021 08:52:34

    Second from left is a DC3 flic.kr/p/7E3Rnz

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Oct/2021 08:52:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] EI-AFC Aer Lingus "St Enda" ... Manufacturer:Douglas Model:C-47A Search all Douglas C-47A Year built:1944 Construction Number (C/N):20135 Aircraft Type:Fixed wing multi engine Number of Seats:N/A Number of Engines:2 Engine Type:Reciprocating Engine Manufacturer and Model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp Also Registered As: SE-BAZ De-registered Delivery: 1946-07-00 9N-AAO Written off Delivery: 1964-06-25 Aircraft Registration Number:EI-AFC Alternative Code/Name:St Enda Current Status:De-registered Delivery Date:1948-11-26 Registration Cancel Date:1964-06-25 Owner Owner:Aer Lingus Address:Dublin, Ireland From - www.airport-data.com/aircraft/EI-AFC.html

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    Swordscookie

    • 22/Oct/2021 08:53:34

    The TWA looks like a Super Constellation to me but at that time all four engined planes were Super Constellations to me 😜

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 22/Oct/2021 10:05:30

    I have worked on the photo downloaded here and determined the TWA L-049 Constellation is the "Star of Tripoli", Registration N86517, Construction Number 2044, assembled in 1946. It was powered by four Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone is a twin-row, supercharged, air-cooled, radial aircraft engine with 18 cylinders. TWA sold the aircraft in 1961. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/Lockheed_L-04... commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lockheed_L-049_Constellat...(TWA)_N86517_(5042280491).jpg/ upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Lockheed_L-04... upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/Lockheed_L-04... rzjets.net/aircraft/?parentid=1332&typeid=239&frs... N.L.I., I am happy to email the improved image to you.

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    Foxglove

    • 22/Oct/2021 10:06:49

    the Swiss air HB IBO is registered as a Douglas dc6b

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Oct/2021 10:30:16

    The two storey building (and the associated single storey wings, all but one now gone) are on the 1930s Cassini 6", but not the control tower building.

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    Rory_Sherlock

    • 22/Oct/2021 10:45:41

    The Seaboard & Western is a Douglas DC4 freighter - Registration No. N1556V - started life as a C54 Skymaster with the USAAF, spent some time with KLM in the Netherlands, with Braathens in Norway, then a few years with Seaboard & Western before moving on to Air Algerie and then Air Mauritanie: www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Registration/N1556V/626356

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    Foxglove

    • 22/Oct/2021 10:57:57

    I have been trying to identify the makes of the cars near the EIAFC C47 ... but cannot find suitable matches - executive saloons of the 1950s??

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Oct/2021 11:30:42

    Via Trove, earlier in 1955, a schoolboy ruse (twice!) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/91201281?searchTerm=sh...

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    Foxglove

    • 22/Oct/2021 11:36:59

    :-) shades of Abagnale "catch me if you can" !

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    Foxglove

    • 22/Oct/2021 11:40:36

    taking a guess that (some of) the cars next to the EI AFC could be Wolesley 6/90 ?

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    suckindeesel

    • 22/Oct/2021 12:11:04

    TWA Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 22/Oct/2021 13:30:08

    flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ What is your reference for TWA? Please refer to what I wrote above. Need more- www.airliners.net/photo/TWA-Transcontinental-and-Western-... file:///Users/robertcassidy/Downloads/Aircraft%20And%20Route%20Names.pdf www.airhistory.net/photo/116541/NC86517 But, looking at the photo I retouched. I have found another possible Registration Number N6017C, but its was an L-749A-79 model, built in 1950. Construction Number 2655 Four 2500hp Wright R-3350-749C18BD Star of District of Columbia rzjets.net/aircraft/?page=5&typeid=239 Here is more data: www.aeromoe.com/fleets/tw.html The photo is not clear enough. Anyway, I can see a 1 and a 7 in the Rego, so there are not that many possibilities. One more point to make that it is not a Super Connie . . . The Emergency Exit Door location on the Aft Right Side, that I can clearly see in my enhanced photo. I served 36 years in Aviation, so aircraft research fascinates me, flying 'em, more so. When serving in the military we were trained and tested annually on visual identification of enemy aircraft.

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    suckindeesel

    • 22/Oct/2021 17:45:19

    Reg N6017C looks like a better match, making it, as you say, a 749 Constellation. This model also operated by TWA, particularly transatlantic

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    Domhnallcos

    • 22/Oct/2021 19:15:52

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie The super Connie had 600 gallon fuel tanks on the wing tips for longer range.

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    Irish251

    • 22/Oct/2021 19:41:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I concur re N6017C - it's clear enough on my big monitor.

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    Irish251

    • 22/Oct/2021 19:42:15

    Here is a closer view of the control tower around that time: Shannon Airport Control Tower

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    Irish251

    • 22/Oct/2021 19:43:56

    And here is how that Swiss DC-6B ended up, after a final phase as a fire bomber in California. www.airhistory.net/photo/282471/N111AN

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Oct/2021 20:01:32

    Monkey Morgan's Flying Circus also took a reverse-ish photo, which shows a few more details - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000734028/HierarchyTree?hiera...

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    suckindeesel

    • 22/Oct/2021 20:43:46

    TWA, the (in)famous Howard Hughes's airline, used its full name Trans World Airlines that year. At the time it was second only to Pan Am, both now gone.

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    Irish251

    • 23/Oct/2021 08:10:15

    Contemporary obituary of "Monkey" Morgan, who was killed in an air crash in 1958: ghgraham.org/text/alexandermorgan1919_obit.html

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    suckindeesel

    • 23/Oct/2021 09:44:34

    The Birds Discuss the Aeroplane Said the Owl: "It's a marvel! I never have heard Of such a gigantic, impossible bird." Said the Vulture: "Its wings are of awkward design, But as big as a hundred, a thousand, of mine." Said the Swallow: "It's one of the funniest things, For often I've seen it with two pairs of wings." Said the Thrush: "What a clatter and whir are its cries! And it won't sing a note except when it flies." Said the Eagle: "It climbs most amazingly high; I've met it a mile or more up in the sky." Said the Buzzard: "It soars with a beautiful grace, And it curves and it dives at a wonderful pace." Said the Duck: "I have seen one afloat on the sea, That rose from the water exactly like me." Said the Hawk: "It's astounding! Again and again I've seen the bird capture and carry off—men!" "But sometimes it tumbles," the Whippoorwill said, "And lies on the ground like a bundle of lead." "And one," said the Crane, "with a terrible sound Exploded, and fell, all afire, to the ground." "Dear me!" said they all, "what a puzzling affair! It's the queerest of creatures that fly in the air!" by Anonymous

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 23/Oct/2021 18:56:26

    My late parents-in-law both worked there. She in the Met Office and he, a ground agent for Pan Am. He told me of his sad experience in September 1954 when a KLM plane crashed after take-off some miles out beyond the airport in the Shannon Estuary. The first anyone knew of it was when the plane's Navigator rocked-up to the terminal having walked all the way from the crash site to raise the alarm. Nearly 30 fatalities. RIP. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftIVT1EB9CY www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_jP69ff_GM A Dutch site with all the details - www.aviacrash.nl/paginas/triton.htm

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    suckindeesel

    • 23/Oct/2021 20:18:15

    A nice change from identifying cars, didn't know we had so many plane spotters.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 23/Oct/2021 22:54:55

    I see Aer Lingus EI AFC on the apron. A few years earlier, it seemed in trouble in "Manchester" (though it's more likely it was near Birmingham, see below) www.airhistory.net/photo/11757/EI-AFC To quote: "Ex USAAF 43-15669 and SAS SE-BAZ. "St Enda" of Aer Lingus from November 1948 until sale to Nepal as 9N-AAO in June 1964. Here it has overshot Ringway's 3300 ft secondary Runway 28 and hit the A538 road fence. It soon flew again.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 23/Oct/2021 23:14:50

    Actually, I think it was a forced landing near Birmingham www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/files/report-attachments/Non-St...

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    Irish251

    • 23/Oct/2021 23:29:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That was EI-ACF, not EI-AFC.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Oct/2021 11:20:52

    Old Macdonald had a plane . . . EI-EIO

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Oct/2021 13:10:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Perhaps American cars which were used as taxis at the time?

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    Foxglove

    • 24/Oct/2021 15:31:41

    yes that thought came to me too, they look longer than the biggest GB cars I could find

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    Flame1958

    • 24/Oct/2021 22:46:19

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] He did indeed .... www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51017733867/in/photoli...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 25/Oct/2021 06:38:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] How very pleasing!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Oct/2021 08:52:57

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Excellent!