Cleared For Takeoff

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From top: Belfast International Airport( Aldergrove), Shannon, Co Clare; a fleet of Hercules C-130s at Shannon

How much are we a hub for chaos in the Middle East?

Dan Dowling archived flight paths of US military aircraft, and planes on contract to the military, landing on the island of Ireland from February 28 to March 6.

Dan writes:

At Shannon, the majority of planes landing are Omni Air International Boeing 767s and 777s on contract to the US military.

Between February 28 and March 7, a Boeing US Navy C-40 and a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III also landed at Shannon.

A Boeing 777 can carry 380 soldiers.

A Boeing 767 can carry 240 soldiers.

A US Navy C-40 cargo plane is the military version of a Boeing 737 with a capacity for 70 soldiers and cargo.

At Aldergrove [Belfast International Airport] fleets of Hercules C-130s were recorded landing.

The Hercules C-130 looks very similar to the AC-130 which is featured in a psychotic tweet by the US Department of Defence.

The C-130 is an old and accident prone aircraft. These planes should only land at military airports which have blast walls and other military infrastructure and not close to or at civilian airports.

Tracking a plane is only possible over land. The reason planes travelling to and from the USA are not recorded over the Atlantic is they have flown beyond the reach of transponders.

The reason military planes are not recorded over the Mediterranean East of Crete is these planes turn off transponders so as to not yield their position.

It is unclear why a plane would refuel in Ireland as kerosene is cheaper in Kuwait.

The cargo manifest of planes is also not easy to establish.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, March 2, Deir Ez Zor Syria was reportedly bombed with white phosphorus.

February 28

(flight details in hyperlinks)

AE11FA US Navy Boeing C-40

Middle East to Shannon

3B76AE French Air Force Airbus (Diplomatic)

Paris to Shannon to Prestwick

43C147 United Kingdom BAE146 (Diplomatic)

Denham to Dublin to Northolt

AE010D United States Gulfstream Jet (Diplomatic)

Washington to Belfast

N225AX Omni Air International Boeing 767 (Troop carrier on Contract to US military)

Colorado Springs Municipal to Shannon

Omni Air International Boeing 767 (Troop carrier on Contract to US military)

Shannon to Kuwait

Omni Air International Boeing 767 (Troop carrier on contract to US military)

Shannon to Naval Air Station North Island San Diego California

Omni Air International Boeing 767 (Troop carrier on contract to US military)

Shannon to Kuwait

Omni Air International Boeing 777 (Troop carrier on Contract to US military)

Shannon to Campbell Army Air Field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

AE1440 Hercules C-130j

Belfast to Naples

AE1162 Hercules C-130J

Belfast to Naples

Hercules C-130J

Belfast to Athens

 Hercules C-130J

Belfast to Athens

March 1

United States Gulfstream Jet (Diplomatic)

Belfast to Washington

USAF C-146A (rapid, intra-theater mobility for special operations forces )

Reykjavík to Shannon

 Omni Air International Boeing 767 (Troop carrier on contract to US military)

Shannon to Fort Hood Killeen Texas USA

Omni Air International Boeing 767 (Troop carrier on contract to US military)

Shannon to Sal Cape Verde

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Bangor Maine to Shannon/ Shannon to Kuwait

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Al Udeid Air Force Base Doha Qatar to Shannon/ Shannon to Fort Bliss Texas

Omni Air International Boeing 777

Kuwait to Shannon/ Shannon to Fort Hood Texas

March 2

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Kuwait to Shannon/ Shannon to Fort Bliss Texas

March 3

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Colorado Springs Municipal Airport to Shannon

March 4

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Hercules C130-H

Middle East to Belfast

Hercules C130-H

Belfast to USA

Hercules C130-H

Belfast to USA

USAF C-146A

Shannon to Middle East

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Shannon to Kuwait

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Al Udeid Air Force Base Doha Qatar to Shannon

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Shannon to Kuwait

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Colorado Springs Municipal to Shannon

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Shannon to Dallas-Fort Worth International

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Fort Bliss Texas to Shannon/ Shannon to Kuwait

 

March 5

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III

Middle East to Shannon to USA

Hercules C130-H

Belfast to USA

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Shannon to Fort Bliss Texas

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Al Udeid Air Force Base Doha Qatar to Shannon/ Shannon to Bangor Maine

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Shannon to Kuwait

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Kuwait to Shannon/ Shannon to Fort Campbell Kentucky

March 6

French Air Force Airbus (Diplomatic)

Paris to Dublin to Paris

US Military Lear jet (Diplomatic)

Ramstein to Belfast to Ramstein

Hercules C130-H

Belfast to USA

Hercules C130-H

Belfast to USA

Hercules C130-H

Belfast to USA

Hercules C130-H

Belfast to USA

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Baltimore to Shannon

Omni Air International Boeing 767

Shannon to Bangor Maine

Omni Air International Boeing 777

Fort Bliss Texas to Shannon/ Shannon to Camp Lemonier Djibouti

Previously: ‘They Haven’t Missed A First Sunday Of The Month For Over A Decade’

Shannon pic: Dr Ed Horgan

11 thoughts on “Cleared For Takeoff

    1. DB

      Don’t know how they can say the c130 is accident prone. I worked on 130s for 31 years. 1956A models to 1992 H models. They are not accident prone. Best cargo, troop carrier ever.

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  1. GOS

    Can you tell us the link between white phosphorus and these planes? Most evidence suggests it is being used only in areas of Syria where the Syrian Gov and Russia are on the offensive not the US.

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  2. Joe Small

    Not sure what the point of this post is. Its government policy to allow US planes use Shannon – it breaks up the long journey between the Middle East and the USA. Aircraft are not allowed carry munitions (aside from, I think, light weapons which have to be left onboard). There have been no major incidents over the decades which is remarkable considering the sheer volume of personnel and aircraft that has passed through Shannon.

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    1. Kolmo

      The point of the post is to highlight letting US armed forces use Ireland for refueling on the way to perpetual wars they have started, killing millions of actual people, highlighting our complicity in inflicting the purest misery and destruction possible, all for profit, and that’s all its for, not freedom or any other nebulous bs..

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  3. Mike Kipp

    C-130 is accident prone like a Ford Focus is. You may have some valid feeling about the traffic but statements like that just make you seem like a dithering old fool.

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