St. Albert at Dublin Airport, circa 1950

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When: 01 January 1950

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An Aer Lingus DC-3 plane at Dublin Airport's original terminal building. This curved building won design awards for its architect, Desmond Fitzgerald, brother of former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Garret Fitzgerald, who worked in Aer Lingus for a number of years.

Date: Circa 1950

NLI Ref.: VAL 2069

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Peter Denton

    • 01/Aug/2011 13:05:47

    And that's surely a gorgeous old Dakota on the apron.

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    Wendy:

    • 01/Aug/2011 14:45:15

    there used to be a great restaurant overlooking the tarmac while that was main terminal!

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    Mike | MP-P

    • 01/Aug/2011 18:02:57

    Wonderful old photo! Love the building and that airplane is classic.

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    Maskingfaces

    • 01/Aug/2011 19:03:09

    Just an overall classic picture, beautiful "snapshot in time" !

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    Swordscookie

    • 01/Aug/2011 20:28:11

    I came up from Limerick a few times in the '50's on "educational tours" and part of our education was to be taken out there and to see the building which was considered 'state of the art' at that time! Internally it is still a very attractive building though it is hard to even see it today due to all the other buildings put up around it. If my memory serves me right I saw an Aer Linte Super Constellation there though some airplane buff might correct that for me???

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    Margaret Taylor2010

    • 01/Aug/2011 21:32:58

    Love this.

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 02/Aug/2011 02:53:18

    Wonderful vintage photo... one of our local airports is in the round... always thought it was a great design!!!

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    guliolopez

    • 02/Aug/2011 17:00:04

    RE: Old Terminal Passengers can still see the old terminal (now a listed building) on the way over the skybridge on the way to Pier D. In fact, the skybridge is probably the best vantage point as other buildings block the view from pretty much anywhere else). See here RE: Aircraft It's hard to make out the reg number or aircraft name from the photo, but the aircraft could be one of a number of (often ex-military) DC-3s operated by Aer Lingus (EI) up until the 1960s. The first DC-3 (reg numb EI-ACA) was a new-built civilian DC-3 bought by EI in 1940. The rest didn't arrive until after the war when EI acquired another 10 ex-military Dakotas. Further DC-3s were leased or bought from other airlines in the late 1940s. List below. ## FIRST DC3 EI-ACA (?)New build DC-3-268B. Last DC-3 to be built by Fokker in the Netherlands. First flew 1940. Operated throughout WWII. Crashed at SNN in June 1946. Written off. ## IMMEDIATE POST-WWII EI-ACD (St Patrick/St Gall)Ex USAAF Serial 42-32914. Bought by EI in December 1945. First EI plane to be named for St Patrick. Later renamed St Gall. Flew with EI until 1963. Sold on to Portugal. EI-ACE (St Colmcille)1st of two new-build civil DC-3Ds bought by EI in 1946. Sold to Nepal in July 1964. EI-ACF (St Kieran)2nd of two new-build civil DC-3Ds bought by EI in 1946. Crashed at Spernall in the UK in January 1953. Damaged beyond repair. EI-ACG (?)Ex USAAF Serial 41-18487. Leased to Silver City Airways? Sold to Bendair and on to French military? EI-ACH (St Columban)Ex USAAF Serial 42-93027. Overhaul by Scottish Aviation to become G-APUC of Air Links Ltd. Sold in 1964 to Nepal as 9N-AAM. EI-ACI (?)Ex USAAF Serial 42-32810. Leased to Silver City Airways? EI-ACK (St Albert)Ex USAAF Serial 43-15037. Sold by EI to Israeli Aircraft Industries becoming 4X-AOC. Then to Portugal as CS-DGA. On display at TAP HQ at Lisbon Airport in TAP livery as CS-TDA. EI-ACL (St Declan)Ex USAAF Serial 42-92098. Flew first scheduled flights from DUB to BHX in 1949. EI-ACM (St Colmcille)(Unsure of source/serial) Served EI from July 1946 until sale to Saudi Arabia as HZ-AAN in June 1958. EI-ACT (St Colman)Ex USAAF Serial 42-92647. Served EI from October 1946 until sale in May 1959. ## LATE 1940s EI-ADY (?)Ex USAAF Serial 43-49736. Leased from BEA for four months in 1948 to cover the summer peak. Returned to BEA as G-AGNG and sold to Blue Line Airways in January 1949. EI-AFA (St Declan) Ex USAAF Serial 43-15166. Served EI from November 1948 until sale to Nepal as 9N-AAL in October 1963. EI-AFB (?)Ex USAAF Serial 43-15987. Previously owned by SAS Scandinavian Airlines EI-AFC (St Enda)Ex USAAF Serial 43-15669. Previously owned by SAS Scandinavian Airlines. Sold as 9N-AAO in 1969 to Nepal EI-AFL (St Kevin)Ex USAAF Serial 44-77115. First flew 1945. Crashed in Wales in January 1952 with loss of all on board. EI-AHG (St Ronan)Ex USAAF Serial 44-76429. Serveral different owners in 1940s and 1950s. Sold by EI to Portugal.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Aug/2011 18:44:36

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] WOW! Thanks for all of this... and the link to a gorgeous view of the old Terminal building: www.flickr.com/photos/transformingdublinairport/3101561388/

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    Brian Mulligan.me

    • 22/Aug/2011 21:56:49

    There is no doubt this is a Douglas DC-3 Dakota, and a beautiful one too!

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    idrisz

    • 17/Oct/2011 21:33:04

    DC-3 (death contraption #3)

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    hargreaves.david

    • 30/Oct/2011 10:13:21

    I suspect it was one of the late 1940s DC3s on which I travelled as a child from Manchester to Dublin. That would be circa 1954. I recall being invited up to sit in the copilot's seat. This wouldn't happen these days! I also recall being unable to understand what the pilot said because of the engine noise and the fact that he was wearing a mask of some sort. For many years I believed my journey had been on an Aer Lingus Vickers Viking until my research indicated all seven of these aircraft had been sold on to other airlines in or around 1947 (the year I was born) after just a year or so of service as they were not economically viable aircraft.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 30/Oct/2011 13:24:06

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You must have been the envy of all of your friends - not only flying in 1954, but right up in the cockpit!

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    hargreaves.david

    • 04/Nov/2011 13:22:30

    Yes, they were more informal times! Boiled sweets were handed out to passengers presumably to help cope with air pressure change at altitude.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Nov/2011 16:23:59

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] They used to do that on Aer Lingus until a couple of years ago too...

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    J.C. Carter

    • 22/Dec/2011 22:55:23

    Further to John Edward Ewing's comment - remember Flanders & Swann? "If we'd been meant to fly, we'd never have been given the railways"!!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Dec/2011 12:42:54

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Had to Google Flanders & Swann! And here they are "in full flight" on The Slow Train...

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    hind sami

    • 25/Dec/2011 02:01:10

    حلووووو

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    ClickKen04

    • 05/Jan/2012 22:02:42

    Hi Carol, as far as I know, Dublin Airport is regarded as being in Collinstown rather than Swords, because I think their Head office is stated as Collinstown Co.Dublin no mention of Swords I'm afraid! Google are in the wrong here btw. :) Nice upload though!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Jan/2012 22:38:18

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoken04 Thanks. It's that issue with Flickr maps again. Sometimes while the location is spot on, it's off in the names of locations. There was no option for Collinstown, so I broadened it out to Dublin...

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    ClickKen04

    • 05/Jan/2012 22:39:34

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Good call!!!!

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    Shibnath Ghosh

    • 12/Jan/2012 07:44:57

    hallo

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    caz.caswell

    • 18/Jan/2012 23:01:30

    could be EI-ACK; the name looks like St Albert

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Jan/2012 20:26:45

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/caz_pix http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I'll see if I can replace this one with a higher res version so we can find out once and for all if it is the St. Albert...

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    Talal Abdulghani

    • 20/Jan/2012 18:14:40

    nice shot

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jan/2012 21:29:57

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/talal-abdulghani Thank you!

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    yanisslav

    • 17/Feb/2012 18:06:41

    LOL, it's beautiful!

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    LTCE

    • 05/Apr/2012 09:58:28

    Nice!

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    nachu2005

    • 02/May/2012 13:51:15

    very nice old photo

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    Francisco Aragão

    • 09/May/2012 19:33:54

    Fantastic Douglas DC-3 !

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    mambo1935

    • 24/Jun/2012 08:42:00

    beauty!

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    excellence III

    • 11/Jul/2012 21:48:15

    Outstanding

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    EI-DTG

    • 22/Aug/2012 11:11:31

    Historic shot of a great aircraft in front of a timeless building - well done.

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    blesm02

    • 27/Sep/2012 07:56:49

    Great pic, begs a painting?? shame i only paint from my own!

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    Howard33

    • 27/Feb/2013 19:30:43

    I hope the building is still there, and the airplane is still flying.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Mar/2013 18:43:22

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/howard33 Can't speak for the airplane, but the building is still there, although very dwarfed by modern additions around it...

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    guliolopez

    • 12/Mar/2013 20:24:11

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/howard33] Hi. Per my note a number of months ago the terminal is still very much there. Although no longer part of the public section of the airport campus. The aircraft is almost definitely still not flying. Carol promised (hint hint) a higher res version of the image so we could confirm, but I think the name on the nose is "St Albert". If this is the St Albert, it is EI-ACK which is an Ex USAAF DC3 with Serial 43-15037. It is no longer flying, but is on display at TAP HQ at Lisbon Airport with a "fake" reg number. (IF it is the St Albert that is. Carol will give us a high-res so we can check soon...) (slopes off sniggering)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Mar/2013 13:01:48

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] You'll be sniggering even more when I tell you (hanging head in shame) that I don't have a higher res version of this one! (sneaks off shamefully)

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    excellentzebu1050

    • 08/Apr/2013 20:04:28

    Brilliant Picture !

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    luvhart

    • 05/May/2013 20:07:33

    The Old Dublin Airport Terminal in this picture is such a beautiful Art-Deco building. Its a shame thats it been swallowed up by further expansion of the airport since then.

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    Embroidery Buddy

    • 07/Jun/2013 21:23:51

    This image inspired a haiku at: lydialowe-haiku365.blogspot.com/

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    Ivan S. Abrams

    • 01/Jul/2013 20:45:58

    The name is St. Albert, very clearly painted below the cockpit. There's no need for a higher-res version to read the name.

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 15/Jul/2013 01:59:34

    Great photo!

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    fcmala

    • 13/Aug/2013 15:43:29

    Estas fotos sao uma raridade!!!!

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    EduardoROlivera

    • 25/Aug/2013 16:54:39

    I know someone who would greatly enjoy this photo. I am sending it to him right now. His father used to work for Air Lingus.

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    dlberek

    • 07/Mar/2014 01:50:30

    Splendid! Love it (both the photo and the aircraft).

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    roger4336

    • 10/Mar/2014 00:15:31

    It reminds me of the original terminal building at LaGuardia airport in New York.

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 24/Mar/2014 21:03:10

    This was a time when anything to do with airplanes was exciting!

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    Idakoos Store

    • 22/Apr/2014 16:07:01

    A great view of the past

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    Reconstructing Light

    • 08/Jun/2014 09:29:21

    I saw many amazing planes from up there as a kid......

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    CSharpGuy

    • 17/Jun/2014 16:41:06

    DC-3, perhaps the best plane ever made.

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    Howard33

    • 18/Jun/2014 01:31:00

    The DC-3 was way ahead of its time. I flew on a couple of them in 1964. I remember being very impressed by how well everything worked. It was a Navy airplane so it was not plushed out, yet it was very comfortable. There were just a few passengers on those flights so I was free to wander around. I spent a few minutes in the cockpit and talked to the crew. You might say it was a very educational experience.

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    TEXASJOHN

    • 18/Jun/2014 20:33:44

    Does anyone know when the first jet plane landed at Shannon?

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    hobbitcamera

    • 11/Nov/2014 01:11:05

    I've always loved those old DC 3. And to think they are even flying in some countries even today.

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    juegoskizi42

    • 22/Jan/2015 02:16:19

    Brilliant Picture ! ---- signature: juegoskizi | juegos kizi | juegos de kizi |

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    Kittyhawk2012

    • 11/Aug/2015 23:43:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] One of the planes not listed is the AER LINGUS St Kevin which crashed in a blinding rainstorm. The Dakota aircraft crashed into Moel Siabod, a mountain 2,860ft high and burned out with the loss of all 20 passengers, and a crew of three shortly after 7pm on Thursday night January 10, 1952. www.independent.ie/irish-news/night-23-killed-on-a-welsh-... and commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Memorial_to_the_Aer_Lingu... One of those who was killed was my father's brother in law Gerald Fitzgerald whose body was not recovered. My father had dropped him off at the then London Airport. On his return to London the crash was announced over the radio in his car. Air Lingus it is said were especially kind to my late Aunt for the rest of her years. RIP to all 23 who lost their lives.

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    hobbitcamera

    • 12/Aug/2015 00:09:25

    Amen, Kittyhawk2012.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Aug/2015 12:08:39

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you. Mary

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    seppi_hofer

    • 24/Jan/2016 20:35:23

    I love those old, wonderfully composed scenes (and aircrafts)!

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    Redser8888

    • 03/Sep/2016 15:40:52

    I have a page handed to passengers on this aircraft. Signed by the Captain. How can I share that here?

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    Peter Denton

    • 03/Sep/2016 17:44:22

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Scan it, save it as a jpeg and post in the usual way. Easy!

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 24/Mar/2021 02:26:58

    Great photo of a great aeroplane and a great airline.