Shannon Airport Reflects As Concorde Anniversary Celebrated

The 50th anniversary of the first Concorde flight is being marked today.

The high-speed planes had a long association with Shannon Airport, having first come to the Midwest facility for training exercises in 1977, with the last planes leaving here in 2001, just before the retirement of the programme two years later.

Concorde’s aircraft had the ability to travel at twice the speed of sound, and were hailed as the future of air travel when they were in development.


Shannon’s Airport Operations Director Niall Maloney has been reflecting on Concorde’s time in Clare: