Aer Lingus Classics 1960s and 1970s


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Aer Lingus Classics 1960s

In the summer of 1969, flower power was in full swing across Europe, and the hit movie in Ireland that memorable summer was “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft.

The Aer Lingus promo film “Shamrocks Sky High” played in Irish cinemas along with “The Graduate” to promote the airline’s dedicated and highly trained staff, latest aircraft (Boeing 707s, BAC One Elevens and new 737s), first class maintenance and crew training facilities, cutting edge computer reservation systems, and the development of the Irish travel industry in the go-go days of the booming jet age.

This film features plenty of wonderful aircraft footage filmed from Dublin’s packed observation decks, airside, as well as inflight and onboard, and a fair number of lucky Aer Lingus employees appear in the film, which truly counts as an airline history classic to be watched over and over again.

The second Aer Lingus Classics promotional film highlights the Pope’s historic 1979 visit to Ireland, and the important role played by Aer Lingus Classics in carrying the Pope from Rome to Ireland, and then on to Boston. Much of the film is about the Pope’s visits to various Irish locations, and the logistics involved. A special thank you to Aer Lingus for allowing us to present these special films in this program.

Aer Lingus Classics 1960s and 1970s Show Programs
Chapter 1) Aer Lingus Vickers Viscount training (B&W) (3 minutes)
Chapter 2) Shamrocks Sky High (colour 1968) (27 minutes)
Chapter 3) Pope visit to Ireland (colour 1979) (20 minutes)
Chapter 4) End Credits

Total running time: 50 minutes

2 Responses to “Aer Lingus Classics 1960s and 1970s”

  1. <path_to_url> Duncan Mills

    Hi Henry,

    Great collection here!

    I have flown on Aer Lingus only once, but it was a 111, so I experienced the screaming Speys (and a Guinness on board, of course). I was on EI-ANH, shown briefly here getting wash one evening.

    For a relatively small airline, they have always had an interesting fleet. The straight-pipe 720s were an interesting chapter. I suppose they felt that the larger 707 was too much at the time, but the 720s had more than their fair share of fuel stops westbound, I’m told. Surely, the 707-320s solved that issue.

    Aer Lingus as generally tried the ‘one or two of everything’ approach to fleets, especially in the widebody era: 767-300s, an L1011 in full shamrock (on lease for a summer season), 747s of course, and an MD-11 I believe. They settled on A330s -both the -300 and -200s – but I do believe the latter are gone (after LAX was dropped).

    The emerald livery has always had a certain charm, across all eras. Thanks for showing this footage.


    • <path_to_url> Henry Tenby

      Great observations and memories Duncan. I only had one Aer Lingus flight and that was a 747 from JFK to Dublin in June of 1976 during the air traffic controllers strike here in Canada. We were supposed to fly on Aer Lingus out of Toronto but no domestic flights were operating. So we drove to Seattle, flew to JFK and picked up our ride there. Sadly I never got rides on any Lingus true classics.

      I just grateful that Aer Lingus still exists as they nearly went bust on more than one occasion!

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