Updated factsheet on the U.S. military use of Shannon

Shannonwatch records and documents flights by the US military and its contractors in and out of Shannon Airport. Here's a summary of the main facts and figures covering the last decade of U.S. military use of the airport.

Some of the main points highlighted in this fact sheet are that

  • On average more than 3 U.S. military flightsper day go through Shannon. These include U.S. troop carriers (Omni Air International); U.S. Air Force and Navy planes, including C-130 Hercules, C-17’s, in-flight refueling aircraft, executive jets and Boeing 737’s; U.S. registered Cargo planes (Evergreen International, Kalitta Air, Murray Air)
  • Other aircraft operators carrying military equipment, ammunitions and explosives also use Shannon Airport. These include Volga Dnepr and Vega Airlines.
  • Shannon Airport has also been used repeatedly over the years by CIA rendition planes. These are used to transfer individuals from one country to another by means that bypass all judicial and administrative due process. Some of these planes continued to land at the airport in 2009.
  • Garda have been asked on many occasions to search rendition-linked aircraft and to confirm if cargo planes are carrying illegal or undeclared munitions. As far as Shannonwatch is aware, no military or CIA planes have been inspected at Shannon in the last decade

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