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It was 80 years ago today on the 14th of September 1936, that the very first Aer Lingus Dublin to Liverpool flight took to the air and to celebrate the occasion, the Aer Lingus Charitable Foundation brought its 1936 De Havilland DH-84 Dragon aircraft named ‘Iolar’ to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) earlier today.
On hand to welcome the aircraft was the Airport’s oldest serving employee, 80 year old Cliff Johnson who works for Omniserve at the Airport and who provides assistance for passengers with reduced mobility, helping them to pass through the Airport and onto and off aircraft smoothly.
The Aer Lingus Charitable Foundation then took Cliff and a handful of lucky Airport employees drawn from a hat, on a once in a lifetime opportunity of a brief flight on the 80 year old ‘Iolar’ aircraft over the City of Liverpool.
Photo caption 1:
80 year old employee at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Cliff Johnson with the ‘Iolar’ De Havilland DH-84 Dragon.
Photo caption 2:
The old and the new; the De Havilland DH-84 Dragon with the Aer Lingus morning flight to Dublin in the background.

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