World's largest fleet of model aircraft
A man looks at part of the world's largest collection of diecast model aircraft, owned by Michael Kelly, as it is unveiled at Shannon airport in Shannon, Ireland, September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Michael Kelly holds a Lockheed Martin Tristar 500, an Aer Lingus model aircraft that is part of his collection. When the Irishman was a boy, he loved nothing more than gazing at planes taking off and landing at his nearest airport. Now 67, after more...more
A model of a British Airways plane hangs among the collection. "I always used to love the noise of the aircraft going over my house in Limerick city and I was very curious," Kelly said after cutting the ribbon on the airport's new aviation gallery...more
A Shannon airport guestbook is displayed alongside the collection. "When I made my first holy communion I asked my mum and dad to take me to Shannon airport. So I got to see the beautiful aircraft and from that day on I was hooked." REUTERS/Clodagh...more
An Emirates model is seen in the collection. While Kelly would have loved the opportunity to have become a pilot, sourcing rare model aircraft still took the Limerick man around the world. None of his 2,300 planes were produced in...more
Model pilots are seen in a model plane. A friend said Kelly has spent 10,000 euros ($12,000) a year amassing the record haul. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A model of a NASA space shuttle. Living alone in his renovated farmhouse, Kelly said there were exhibitors on the other side of the world "that would do anything" to have the collection. Instead, he donated it closer to home. REUTERS/Clodagh...more
A 1957 Aer Lingus route map is seen on display. "I think it's testament to the work he's done over the last 60 years and we are delighted that he has entrusted us to look after it for the next 100-years plus," said Niall Maloney, operations director...more
Pieces in the collection. The collector's favorite? A Boeing KC Tanker, one of only 10 made around the world. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A British Airways model. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Michael Kelly poses for a photograph. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A British Royal Navy helicopter model. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A piece in the collection. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A helicopter model in the collection. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A model in the collection. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A KC Tankard U.S. Air Force army model plane made by Skyline, one of 10 in existence. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A U.S. Navy VF-74 jet. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A model of an old American Airlines plane. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A model of the Queen of England's former private aircraft. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Pieces in the collection. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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