Friday 23 August 2019

Trump's 'Marine One' helicopter already in Shannon

US President Donald Trump. Picture: PA
US President Donald Trump. Picture: PA

Pat Flynn

The helicopters that will be used to ferry US President Donald Trump between Shannon Airport and his family's hotel in West Clare have arrived.

Flight and engineering crews yesterday carried out checks on a distinctive white-topped Sikorsky VH-60N Whitehawk before it was towed back inside a hangar at the airport. US Marine Corps personnel could also be seen working on a second helicopter inside the building.

It is understood Mr Trump will be transported by air between Shannon Airport and Doonbeg in a helicopter using the call-sign 'Marine One'.

Air Force One, the jet that will carry the president and his wife Melania, is expected to touch down on Wednesday next week. The couple, and possibly other members of Mr Trump's family, will stay at least one night at the hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg.

Mr Trump is due to fly to France on Thursday to attend a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. He is then expected to return to Shannon on Thursday evening and stay a further night in Doonbeg before returning to Washington on Friday. The details of the latter visit have not been confirmed, however.

While security at Shannon Airport has been increased, management say it will be "business as usual" during the presidential visit.

Intending passengers have been told to allow additional time for their journey because of the extra security measures, and to carry valid travel documents and photo identification.

Irish Independent

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