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Published on April 17th, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer

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Visit of POTUS to Ireland

The visit to Ireland by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, last week brought lots of media attention to Ireland, and his movements were closely monitored by all the national media outlets. With such a high-profile visitor to our shores, a massive security operation was put in place from the time the visit to Ireland was announced. As President Biden was making the visit to mark 25 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, his first stop was to Belfast on Tuesday 11th April, followed by visits to Louth, Dublin, and Mayo in the Republic between Wednesday and Friday evening.

In the weeks leading up to the visit, airports across Ireland saw many visits by the US Military aircraft bringing in various pieces of equipment, including cars to be used known as ‘The Beast’, and the VIP helicopters to be used on the trip. The cover photo above is ‘Air Force 1’, arriving in Dublin from Belfast on a wet Wednesday afternoon, the callsign used when the President is aboard. The aircraft is a modified Boeing 747-200 or VC-25A. The aircraft is one of two operated by the USAF since 1990 and will be replaced by two modified Boeing 747-8 aircraft in the coming years.

Other aircraft visiting in the lead-up to the visit included six Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters used for transporting personnel around various locations. These arrived in Baldonnel from their base in Germany. Other helicopters in support of the visit were brought to Ireland by Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and all other equipment used by the US personnel was delivered by the C-17s. The visit itself saw Mr. Biden arrive in Belfast International and his flight to Dublin on the Boeing 747. His trip to Co. Louth was due to place by helicopter but the severe weather meant he had to travel by car. Then on his trip to Ballina and Knock, the President and his entourage used the smaller Boeing 757 aircraft. This aircraft used the ‘Air Force 1’ callsign as the President was on board. Following his trip to Mayo, President Biden returned to Dublin and transferred to the Boeing 747 for his departure back to the United States where the aircraft landed at Dover AFB in Deleware in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A selection of photos of the visiting aircraft to Dublin, Baldonnel, and Shannon were supplied by Paul Quinn, Malcolm Nason, and DUB Ramp

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