AVIATION POSTCARD CLUB INTERNATIONAL
NEWSLETTER #51 - JUNE 2005
WORTH A SECOND GLANCE
One of a selection of cards from Frank Litaudon, of Aer Lingus operations in France, is definitely a candidate for this section. Many more appear in the feature section.
It’s an early bare-metal DC-3 at Paris le Bourget, but not in any colour scheme usually seen , and most significantly, no name. This makes it the one DC-3 (not C-47) delivered new to Aer Lingus in 1940 and hardly used until the post war revival of services. Dublin-Paris service was inaugurated in June 1946 as the first Irish continental service but on the 18th of that month EI-ACA crashed at Shannon. This must also make this one of the earliest post war le Bourget cards. This card is by Gallois – there are later known cards of Aer lingus at le Bourget by Editions PI - a photographic low aerial view card with two DC-3 in the green-top scheme plus a BEA Ambassador (see below) and two different views of a Viscount 800 in the green top/white tail colours.