List of US Military Contract Planes You're Likely to See at Shannon Airport

We're often asked which of the planes using Shannon Airport are US military planes. The answer is that quite a lot of them are. In addition to the ones operated directly by the US Air Force, Navy and Army there are no fewer than 24 companies that have what are called "indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity" contracts to provide international airlift services to the US military.

If you see any of these planes at Shannon they could be carrying armed US soldiers or cargo. They are technically classified as "civilian" but in reality they are operating as US military planes.

  • American Airlines Inc.
  • Atlas Air Inc.
  • FedEx Charters
  • Polar Air Cargo Worldwide Inc.
  • Miami Air International Inc.
  • MN Airlines LLC, operating as Sun Country Airlines
  • ABX Air
  • Air Transportation International Inc.
  • JetBlue Airways Corp.
  • Kalitta Air LLC
  • Northern Air Cargo Inc.
  • Omni Air International Inc.
  • United Airlines Inc.
  • United Parcel Service Co (UPS).
  • Western Global Airlines
  • Allegiant Air LLC
  • Hawaiian Airlines Inc.
  • National Air Cargo Group Inc., operating as National Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Alaska Airlines Inc.
  • Tatonduk Outfitters, operating as Everts Air Cargo
  • Delta Airlines
  • Lynden Air Cargo
  • USA Jet Airlines Inc.

If you see one of them, ask the authorities to verify what is on it, and where it is going or coming from. Chances are, it has weapons, weapon parts or ammunition on board.  

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