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CASEMENT AERODROME
Location:
53°18'20" N
6°26'20" W
94M above mean sea level
Casement Aerodrome is located at Baldonnel about 16 Km south of Dublin City.

History:
The airport opened in 1922 and was originally run by 2 pilots from the Royal Air Force. The first plane acquired by the Air Corps was purchased for the purpose of bringing General Michael Collins back from the Treaty negotiations should the need arise.

On the 12 April 1928 the first successful East-West crossing of the Atlantic was made. Baldonnel was the departure point for this flight and one of the crew members on the flight was Comdt. James Fitzmaurice, Commanding Officer of the Air Corps.

Casement experiences less fog than Dublin Airport. Snowdrifts have been experienced here in winters during the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.

There has been a Climate station here since 1943 and the Meteorological Service established a full synoptic station at the location in 1964.

The strength of the wind, when coming from a south-westerly direction, is stronger than in other areas near Dublin because of the location of this station in relation to the Dublin Mountains.

 
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