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The term “The Emerald Isle” is synonymous with Ireland and its rolling hills and vales of green – at least forty shades, or so the famous Johnny Cash song goes.  But how did Ireland come to be known as the Emerald Isle?

Ireland’s resplendent greenery certainly had a lot to do with it, but there's more to the story and it starts with one rather interesting man.

The first time the words ever appeared in print in reference to Ireland was in a poem by Belfast-born William Drennan, titled “When Erin First Rose.”

 

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Swansea to Gloucester a great day out following the River Severn and my friend Stephen in hot pursuit.

 

In June 1941 RAF Fairwood common was declared operational as a day and night fighter station. in spring 1949 the station was decommissioned and officially opened as Swansea airport on the 1st of June 1957. 

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Created in 2002, West Wales Airport is located at Aberporth on the west coast of Wales.  It is owned and operated by West Wales Airport Ltd and supplies services to GA, military and unmanned aircraft alike.

Centrally positioned within the segregated flying zones of danger areas D201 and D202 the airfield is in a unique position.  Access to these areas, coupled with having created the only CAA accredited UAS operations manual in existence, enables the company to provide the most specialised capability in the UK for the operation of both large and small Unmanned Aircraft.

For the past 10 years, the special capabilities and accommodation at the airport has enabled flight operations for many different unmanned systems including the Leonardo Falco and the entire period of test and evaluation of the UK MoD’s Watchkeeper UAS.  Supplied by Thales UK, this major military program is now successfully in service with the British Army.

 

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Picture taken a few miles north of Aberporth.

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Thanks everyone for your entries.

 

It was a really tough decision between two entries this month so I would like to declare joint winners!

 

This first one is from ChrisE91, such a great angle, AND I am flying with this airline next week!

 

"TUI B737-800 gear retract and right turn for terrain avoidance departing Arrecife"

 

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Joint first is IZ0JUB with this chocolate box picture "a few miles north of Aberporth" What's not to like! Well done Mike.

 

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Cheers,

Joe

 

 

 

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