Omni Air International Aircraft N477AX - a Busy Troop Carrier Despite its Problems

At Shannon Airport tonight (Oct 17th) an Omni Air Intenational aircraft number N477AX landed and was being refuelled. It is on charter to the US military and has been busy ferrying armed US troops to the Middle East in recent days. It suffered an engine or other fault yesterday while flying from the US via Shannon airport to the MIddle East. While flying over Italy it was forced to turn back for repairs. Its cargo of armed US troops were accommodated overnight in a Co Clare Hotel - plenty of room in Co Clare hotels for armed US troops on their way to war , but no room in the Clare inns for peace activists trying to promote peace.

This aircraft gets around quite a lot for the US military even if its engines are not working very well. Here is a summary of some of its movements in the past week. 

  • 12/10/2016 From Pensacola (Florida) to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba
  • 12/10/2016 Guantanmo Bayto Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas
  • 12/10/2016 Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas to Norfolk Naval Air Station where it spent two days, possibly getting work done on engines.
  • 14/10/2016 Norfolk Naval Air Station to Shannon
  • 15/10/2016 Shannon to airspace of northern Italy where it was foced to turn back to Shannon for more work on the engine
  • 16/10/2016 Shannon to Chania, Crete (joint civilian - military use airport)
  • 16/10/2016, Chania, Crete to Kuwait
  • 17/10/16 Kuwait to Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar
  • 17/10/16 Al Udeid Aribase, Qatar to Shannon where it landed after 8pm. 

Its cargo of US soldiers that it deposited to the Gulf States must be pretty exhausted and will need some rest before they are committed to war in Mosul Iraq, or wherever they are destined to do their work in the killing fields.



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