Irish Coastguard service launched their new search & rescue Sikorsky S92 helicopter on the 1st July replacing the Sikorsky 61. ICG operate a 24hr SAR facility at Shannon Airport
Shannon airport is renowned as a location for aircraft crew training and over the years has welcomed 100's of airlines to perform touch & go's on Irelands longest runway. The airport has facilitated all types of aircraft from the single engine Cessna to the Concorde with both the newer B787 and the A380 photographed below some of the newer versions to visit in recent years.
The Department of Marine have a Search & Rescue facility based at Shannon and are responsible for saving many lives annually. The picture below shows the old Sikorsky 61 in the background with its future replacement the Sikorsky 92 to the fore.
Picture of British Airways A318 that visits Shannon twice daily en route from London City Airport to JFK. The flights numbers currently been used are the BA001 & BA003 and are the same no's once associated with the BA Concorde service between Heathrow and JFK. The Shannon fuel stop permits passsengers to avail of US Preclearance while on the ground during a prompt 35 minute turnaround.
A regular visitor to Shannon airport in particular throughout the 1980's was the IL76 as part of the 2,500 Aeroflot aircraft that used to transit the airport annually en route to/from Russia to the Caribbean and South America. The IL76 revisited us in May for a brief overnight stay.