The last Boeing 707 in the Aer Lingus fleet makes its final flight from Dublin to Knock airport and back again.
With the introduction of the 747 jumbo jet, Aer Lingus began to sell off its 707 fleet and by 1982 only one remained. The Saint Canice, which has flown 26 million miles and made 18,000 landings, has now been sold marking the end of an era in Irish Aviation.
The final flight from Dublin to Knock was fully booked by over 180 aviation enthusiasts. Andrew Kelly spoke to some of the passengers before the final flight took off.
Captain Joe Dible first flew the 707 in 1969 and hasn't flown any other aircraft since then. A completely manual aircraft he believes if you can fly a 707, you can fly anything.
It is a particularly beautiful aeroplane to fly. We are all very sorry to see the end of it quite frankly.
The 707 is a completely manual aircraft and Captain Dible says if you can fly a 707, you can fly anything.
When the 707 touches down in Mayo it is welcomed by aviation enthusiasts before returning on its 20 minute journey to Dublin for the last time. Andrew Kelly talks to some of the cabin crew as they serve the passengers on board the 707 for the final time.
That ladies and gentlemen was the end of an era.
An RTÉ News report by Andrew Kelly broadcast on 28 October 1986.