Eamon Power charts the rise and fall of Aer Turas which operated a number of interesting aircraft types.

Taking its name from the Gaelic for air tours or air journeys, Aer Turas was launched in September 1962 as a charter taxi business between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, using a single de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide, registered EI-AML.

The following April, the biplane was replaced with another classic aircraft, a Douglas DC-3, EI-ANK, acquired from Nigeria Airways.

Trading was suspended in October 1964 and the DC-3 was sold.

The company was reorganised and revived nine months later with the purchase of a former Air France DC-4, EI-AOR. Bristol Freighter Mk31 EI-APC was added in March 1966, purchased from BKS Air Transport.

Fortunes improved with the award of an Aer Lingus contract for the bulk of its Dublin to- UK freighter schedules in the winter of 1966/67, following withdrawal of the national carrier’s Carvair fleet before its cargomodi fied Viscount 800s arrived.


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