Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
This is one of my favourite airplanes! I cycled out to Shannon or even Rineanna especially to see them way back in the 1950's!
Looks familiar: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/9310766571/
Is Shannon Airport not in Co. Clare?
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The NLI has a proud history of treating all counties on the western seabord (in fact, more or less anywhere outside the Pale) pretty much interchangeably.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] As a Limerick native who has heard my fellow citizens claim Shannon on more than one occasion only to be shot down in flames by irate Clare men and women I was waiting for that! Shannon is of course in Co. Clare.
The plane is a Super Constellation and I always considered it the most beautiful and elegant of the airliners!
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] As a (now former) Pale-dweller myself, I did have to double check whether it was Limerick or Clare.
Lockheed Constellation airplane, the three tail fins give it away
This plane only flew for ten years. www.adastron.com/lockheed/constellation/vh-eah.htm
Less than a week later, on September 10th, Shannon was the site of a crash which wiki calls "the deadliest one in Irish territory" when a DC-6 crashed into the River Shannon.
A "Connie" ! One of the world's more iconic aircraft. In addition just look at that fuel tanker.
"Please step over the fuel hoses, but refrain from smoking near the bowser.
Smoking permitted on board" :-)
Shannon is in Co Clare Galway have their own little one in Oranmore.
The "16C" fleet number on the nose gear doors identifies this aircraft as Capitol Airways Lockheed L-1049E Super Constellation, reg. N9716C (c/n 4545).
This aircraft was originally delivered to QANTAS as a L-1049C model Constellation (L-1049-C-55-81) named "Southern Sky" (reg. VH-EAH) on April 25, 1954. The aircraft was upgraded to L-1049E standard (L-1049E-01-55) in September 1959 and returned to QANTAS. QANTAS would sell the aircraft back to Lockheed on November 3, 1959, with Lockheed placing it on the US registry as N7916C, before leasing it initially to Twentieth Century Airlines, then to Capitol Airways in March 1961. Capitol Airways would purchase the aircraft outright from Lockheed in December 1961. Capitol would fly the aircraft until August 1964, when it was placed into storage in Wilmington, Delaware and used for spare parts, before being broken up at Wilmington in September 1967.