More Weapons of War at Shannon

  • Posted on: 4 September 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

At Shannon today Irish neutrality was once again being breached making Ireland complicit in US war crimes in the Middle East. A US Air Force MC-130J Hercules warplane landed from RAF Mildenhall at about 11.20am, refuelled and took off again for the USA about 13.30pm.

Lockheed MC-130J Commando II ‘15737’ (35717495522)

The MC-130J is a modified version of the KC-130J tanker. According to the Aviation Online Magazine it has an Enhanced Service Life Wing, an Enhanced Cargo Handling System, a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation boom refueling receptacle, more powerful electrical generators, an electro-optical/infrared sensor, a combat systems operator station on the flight deck, provisions for the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System, and armour. 

This is a designated weapon of war, and has no place being refuelled at Shannon Airport.

Omni Air N342AX transporting US troops also landed at Shannon at 11.05am coming from Baltimore Washington. It refuelled and took off for Sofia Bulgaria, most likely en route to the Middle East. Given its three hour stop over it is quite likely that the US soldiers on board entered the airport terminal building. However we have not been able to confirm that.