Who: Capt. Iren Dornier, Pilot, chairman and co-founder of a Philippine domestic carrier, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR)
What: 24-Latina vintage "flying boat" circling Statue of Liberty then landing at Battery Park, proceeds from souvenir sales to benefit UNICEF
Where: Hudson River, tip of Battery Park, New York Harbour
When: 27 August 2005
Program: 10 a.m. Take off from Atlantic Aviation, Teterboro Airport
Flyby at Statue of Liberty and Battery Park City
Touch and go at Hudson River
11:00 a.m. Touch down/Full stop Hudson River(North Cove Marina)/Battery Park
12:00 p.m. Press Conference at Battery Garden Restaurant
Attention broadcasters: Video of the event will be available Monday, special interview with Pilot on Friday afternoon. Please visit www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef
For further information, please contact:
Shiella Cabi-ao (646) 660 0267
Kate Donovan (917) 796 9845
Venue/Time is subject to change due to weather/wind/sea state condition;
In a bid to raise funds for disadvantaged children in the Philippines, a restored vintage Dornier 24ATT seaplane will make a historic landing on the Hudson River fronting Battery Park City. This event is touted as one of the highlights in the seaplane’s two-year-long world tour, which is spearheaded by German national Capt. Iren Dornier. As chairman and co-founder of a Philippine domestic carrier, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR), Dornier is piloting the Do-24ATT to over 90 destinations worldwide including the United States to generate additional support for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines’ programs on child education, protection and awareness.
The Do-24ATT world tour is also Iren Dornier’s way of paying tribute to the pioneering efforts of his grandfather, aircraft manufacturer Claudius Dornier. Iren Dornier will land the seaplane on the Hudson River—the same place where exactly 74 years ago, his grandfather presented the 12-engine all-metal flying boat Dornier Do-X, the largest, heaviest, and most powerful aircraft in the world in its time. The 1931 Hudson River landing was also one of the highlights of Claudius Dornier’s 1929-1931 Dornier Do-X world tour. Many decades later, a part of this route will be retraced by his grandson.