Tuesday 4 December 2018

Lillian Bland's Mayfly

 I'm just back from a walk and thought I'd just share something local that always fascinates me. This is a stainless steel replica of Lillian Bland's biplane, the Mayfly. Lillian Bland (1878-1971) lived close by and was the first lady in Ireland to build and fly her own biplane. She built it mostly from recycled bicycle parts and flew it off Carnmoney Hill. Ironically she named it the Mayfly because.....yes, you're right, she wasn't sure at first! Her father bought her a Model T Ford to try to stop her flying so she taught herself to drive and became Northern Ireland's first Ford agent!
Her story is really amazing and well worth checking out 

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