As twelve peace activists gathered outside Shannon Airport today to protest against the ongoing involvement of the airport in war, two Hercules C130's arrived close to the terminal building. One took off again before we had a chance to get a photo of it. The other, looked like it would be staying for an overnight, possibly to allow crew to be rested. It was being guarded by the Irish army, with one of our soldiers on patrol on foot close to the aircraft with an automatic rifle.
The plane, which is a US Navy C-130T Hercules, with registration 165160, is a regular visitor to Shannon. But the governmentg won't tell us why.