At Avolon, we are extremely proud of Ireland's rich aviation heritage. It is one filled with extraordinary stories of bravery, resourcefulness, circumstance, bloody mindedness, at times grave misfortune, even tragedy, but above all triumph. Here we recognise the pioneering aviators whose vision, passion, successes and failures helped forge Ireland’s unique aviation landscape.
ALCOCK & BROWN CENTENARY.
A CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT
On June 14-15 2019, Avolon hosted A Celebration of Flight in Dublin Castle to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the first transatlantic flight by John Alcock and Arthur Brown.
A CENTURY OF IRISH AVIATION
PIONEERS & AVIATORS
Pioneers and Aviators, The Alcock and Brown Centenary Edition (2019), is a journey spanning a century of dramatic change, through a unique collection of images. From Alcock and Brown’s maiden transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Derrygimlagh Bog in Clifden, Co Galway, to Captain James Fitzmaurice’s historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean in the opposite direction, right up to the present day and Ireland’s domination of aircraft leasing. Pioneers and Aviators celebrates Ireland’s remarkable contribution to global aviation.READ PIONEERS & AVIATORS
A CENTURY OF IRISH AVIATION PIONEERS & AVIATORS EPISODE 1
To celebrate our aviation heritage, Avolon commissioned a documentary film in 2014: "Pioneers & Aviators, A Century of Irish Aviation". The documentary tells the story of the pioneering individuals whose vision, passion, successes and failures helped forge Ireland’s unique aviation landscape. In 2015, we also produced a book - or photographic essay – to follow the documentary, narrating the story of Irish aviation using hundreds of historic photos.
A CENTURY OF IRISH AVIATION PIONEERS & AVIATORS EPISODE 2
This is a story of which we are very proud to be a part of, and very much a story that is still being written…
ARTS & CULTURE
Iconic composer Mícheál O’Súilleabháin, who passed away in November 2018, was an integral part of Pioneers & Aviators, an Avolon commissioned project that charted the significant Irish contribution to global aviation. The original documentary Pioneers and Aviators, premiered on January 22, 2014. Mícheál wrote the entire score and with the RTE Concert Orchestra performed the original overture from the film, titled, Phoenix Rising in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on the evening of the world premiere. You can listen to Phoenix Rising here.
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