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Lilian Bland: Paintings by first woman to build and fly her own plane go under the hammer

The paintings of the first woman in the world to fly a plane, which she designed and built herself in Northern Ireland, are to go on sale. Lilian Bland was born in Kent, England in 1878 but spent her young adult years in Carnmoney, Co Antrim with her father and aunt and made history with her bi-plane the ‘Mayfly’ - so named by the young woman because “it may fly, it may not”.

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