Publisher: Colourpoint Books
Publication Date: 09/03/2012
Illustration: Black & White
Flying from Malone
Belfast’s first civil aerodrome
By Guy Warner
The 1920s were to flying what the 1960s were to space exploration – an age of adventure, excitement and of crossing new frontiers. And for a short time in the mid-1920s, Belfast was at the forefront of the advancement of civil air transport in the British Isles, with the development of Malone aerodrome, the UK's first municipal airfield.
This new, updated Flying from Malone captures the spirit of that time and tells a remarkable story – of how Belfast blazed a trail in the development of civil aviation that many were to follow. As aviation historian Guy Warner points out: "The courage of those early pioneers and any intrepid passengers should not be underestimated. Northern Airlines made over 100 scheduled flights to and from Northern Ireland, it was an enterprise that deserved greater government support at the time and is worthy of remembrance as having played a part in paving the way for the world in which we now live and travel by air to all parts of the globe."
Guy Warner has been a regular contributor to Ulster Airmail, the journal of the Ulster Aviation Society, Aircraft Illustrated, Air Enthusiast, Air Pictorial, Aviation Ireland and Northern Ireland Travel News. He is also co-author of Colourpoint’s In the Heart of the City: The History of Belfast’s City Airport, 1938-1998, Flying from Malone: Belfast’s First Civil Aerodrome, Belfast International Airport: Aviation at Aldergrove since 1938, No 230 Squadron Royal Air Force and many other titles.
Guy is married with two daughters and lives in Co Antrim.