Shannon Airport is to open a display of the world’s largest model aircraft collection on 25 September 2018. Around 1,500 of the 1:200 scale models are situated in the departures area after security.
Michael Kelly from Limerick has been collecting the models throughout his life. These were always displayed in a purpose built room off his home, but now they are displayed at the airport.
Shannon Airport Model Display Video
There is a pretty cool video that runs for just under three minutes, interviewing Michael Kelly and showing the new display. Apparently he was spending up to €25,000 a year on his models – now that’s dedication.
Looking at the video, there are Concorde’s, Vickers VC-10s, Boeing 747s, and many others. It looks like all aircraft and airlines are represented in one way or another.
Visiting Shannon Airport
To see the new collection, you will need to be departing from Shannon Airport. Aer Lingus operate year round services to London and New York JFK, while in summer you can also fly to Boston and other European destinations.
Speaking of summer, you can fly with Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines to places such as Toronto, Philadelphia and New York. Therefore if you’re visiting Ireland, you can arrive in Dublin and leave from Shannon, which many people do.
It is really great to see such a large collection housed in an appropriate location where people can enjoy it. Kudos to Shannon Airport for providing a home for the models and to Michael Kelly for donating them.
Had this not happened, I guess the model collection would have gone elsewhere or been sold off piece by piece. Having it on display should delight people who pass through Shannon for many years to come.
What do you think of the model collection? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Arthur Ellis via Irish Independent.