Published on November 19th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer0
Shannon Aviation Museum receives Government Funding
Shannon Aviation Museum has been successful with its application for funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Towns and Villages Scheme 2018. Irish Aviation Foundation CLG, the company behind the museum, has been awarded €160,000 towards a €200,000 extension project.
The funds will be used to develop and increase facility standards, maintain and restore the exhibits and attract more visitors as a tourist attraction. Last year the museum started a crowd funding campaign to fund a 40ft x 20ft unit to store one of the aircraft parked outside and five 20ft x 18ft units to store other items from the museum. The Museum received a donation of €5,000 from the Irish Aviation Authority in July and $10,000 in August from the ISTAT Foundation (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation).
The museum is home to a Boeing 737-800 simulator, Blackburn Buccaneer XX897, DE Havilland Venom G-DHUU (DH112 FB MK1, 749, WR410 RAF markings), Cessna Skymaster 337 G-BVVT, Piper Cherokee EI-COZ, Socata Rallye EI-CIA, Monerai Glider (Unregistered), Bergfaulk Glider D-3229 and a Bede BD5 (Unregistered). They also have cockpit sections from Sepecat Jaguar GR1 XX826, English Electric Lightning XM 144, Supermarine Spitfire Replica by Richard Jones (Cockpit and fuselage section), BAC 1-11 Super One Eleven (Cockpit and forward fuselage) G-AVMZ, Avro Anson VS562 and BAe 146 cockpit G-CDPF / N216 AW. More details from their website at https://atlanticairadventures.com