Omagh, Co. Tyrone is the birthplace of Brendan Flanagan. His early education took place at the local CBS, and at age 18 he joined the Air Corps at Baldonnell, where he was one of 21 students. At the end of his first year of study, he was appointed to Fighter Squadron, and he discusses the conditions which prevailed during the Emergency period. Later he became an instructor and navigator at Baldonnell, and in 1951 he was appointed night class instructor at Kevin Street. During this time he joined Aer Lingus as a pilot. He discusses his position as Chief Instructor in Kevin Street, and his huge interest in the flying boats which came and went from Foynes in Co. Limerick in those days.