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Pictured at a ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first aircraft landing at Shannon were: Brendan O'Grady, Universal Aviation, Marie Ryan, Shannon Airport, Joe Buckley, Shannon Airport, Ray Whitsell, IAA, Brendan Mullins, Shannon Airport, John Fielding, Shannon Airport,, Martin Moroney, Shannon Airport Director, Col Paul Fry, Chief Air Staff Operations, Irish Air Corps, Captain Conleth Walsh, Air Corps, Donie Mooney, IAA, Pat O'Brien, Shannon Airport, Niall Moloney, Shannon Airport, Captain Mark Keogh, Captain Fabio Scalini and Airman Jonathon Gorman Irish Air Corps.
Shannon Airport celebrates 70 years of Operations.
Today 18th May 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the first aircraft landing at Shannon. 70 years ago an Irish Air Corps Anson aircraft (serial no. 43) made the historic flight from Baldonnel to Rineanna landing at 14.20 hrs. on 18th May 1939. Today the Air Corps assisted Shannon Airport in commemorating the event by landing their CASA aircraft at Shannon at the same time of the day.
In celebrating the event, Martin Moroney, Director, Shannon Airport said ?this is a very special a day for Shannon and we are delighted that the Air Corps were able to participate in this commemorative event. To this day we continue to have a close working relationship with the Air Corps and we are pleased to see that continue.
Shannon Airport is unique both in its location and its place in the history of world aviation. Originally chosen for its geographical position as the transatlantic gateway between Europe and America, Shannon was designated as Ireland?s Transatlantic Airport at its inception by the Irish Government. In those 70 years Shannon has evolved into much more than a key transit facility developing an extensive network of European and UK services while still continuing to develop US travel opportunities offered by its unique location such as the development of the new Full US Customs and Border Protection Pre-Clearance