The first plane to land on Tiree
Photograph of the first plane to land on Tiree in 1929.
Courtesy of Dr Hugh Kennedy
The first plane to land on Tiree was brought out by the Glasgow Tiree Association for their Sports Day held on the Reef on the18th July 1929. Piloted by Captain A. N. Kingwill, the two-seater Moth had the logo of Manchester Airlines painted on its side.
Islanders gathered on the top of Cnoc nan Deilgeanan in Crossapol to witness the landing. The plane carried on board a supply of the day’s newspapers including the Glasgow Evening Times which contained a message to the islanders in Gaelic from the editor.
Short flights on the plane were on offer at 2/6d (12p) a time and Captain Kingwill gave a display of aerial manoeuvres. Over the next few years, the Tiree Association brought out a number of small planes for the sports.
Black and white photograph of Tiree Association Sports Day in the late 1920s.
Tiree Association Sports Day in 1927 or 1928. Captain A. N. Kingwill was hired to fly the first plane to the island, bringing with him the day’s newspapers. Short flights on the plane were on offer at 2/6d (12p) a time and Captain Kingwill gave a display of stunt-flying. (Original in Filing Cabinet 8 drawer1)