Published on September 4th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer0
Shannon Aviation Museum Opens Irish Air Corps Display Hall
Irish Air Corps General Officer Commanding and Director of Military Aviation, Brigadier General Rory O’Connor opened a new Irish Air Corps display hall at Shannon Aviation Museum which features Sliver Swallows Air Corps Fouga Magister F216 centre stage. This is surrounded by R210 Reims Rocket Cessna 172, having the distinction of being the longest active aircraft in the fleet with 47 years’ service, a striking photographic display by 105 Airborne Photo Imaging Sqn, along with a range of uniforms, memorabilia and models. The installation of the permanent exhibition coincides with this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Air Corps.
The opening took place following speeches by Ministers of State Patrick O’Donovan and Niall Collins, Mayor of Clare Tony O’Brien, Joe Carey TD, and Cathal Crowe TD who all spoke of the importance of preserving aviation heritage and complimented the team on presenting a unique visitor experience for the region as well as developing learning programmes and its work with Technological University Shannon Region.
Mary Considine, CEO of Shannon Airport Group addressed guests at what she described as a ‘historic’ opening. The event also marked the 83rd anniversary of the first Irish Air Corps deployment to Shannon Airport on 30th August 1939 with 5 aircraft and 92 personnel. She also said that by coming here, our visitors can understand the rich history of aviation, and we will do our part to promote the museum’
Brigadier General Rory O’Connor spoke before formally opening the display, saying that ‘’Shannon is associated with aviation and has a special place in Irish and world aviation history. Through the Air Corps connection with Shannon Aviation Museum, we have sought to do what we could to ensure that the history of Irish Aviation is not forgotten, and we can provide some of that inspiration for the future’’
Shannon Aviation Museum (SAM) was founded in 2008 as an interactive museum and aviation discovery centre. SAM presents and advocates all aspects of aviation to the general public, engaging those who have a passing interest as well as those who have a passionate interest in aviation. The Aviation Discovery Centre offers access to information and practical insight into aviation careers through its range of education programmes designed to inspire and nurture the next generation.
For more information visit www.shannonaviationmuseum.com