To mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight from North America to Europe, the celebrated Alcock and Brown sculpture was moved from its home at the Heathrow Academy to Clifden at the start of May.
The limestone statue was commissioned by the British Government and designed and sculpted by artist William McMillen. It was unveiled at Heathrow in 1954. A transportation casket was specially commissioned to safely transport the statue to Clifden.
The statue features the pilots dressed in aviator clothes, including caps and goggles; weights 1 tonne and is 11 feet high and almost 4 feet wide.
It will be exhibited at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden for the next eight weeks, in the run-up to the centenary anniversary which falls on 15th June. As part of the anniversary, a special Alcock & Brown 100 Centenary Festival is taking place from 11th – 16th June.
The Ambassador of Ireland to the UK, Adrian O’Neill, Brian Hughes of the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel and Tourism Ireland’s Des Burke were at Heathrow Academy to wish the statue safe passage to Ireland.