List of aircraft of the Irish Air Corps

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This list identifies the military aircraft which are currently being operated or have formerly been operated by the Irish Air Corps.

Active Irish military aircraft[edit]

Military aircraft currently in active service with the Irish Air Corps are as follows:

Aircraft[1] Origin Type Versions In service Notes
AgustaWestland AW139  Italy Utility Helicopter AW139 6 Can be armed with cabin mounted FN MAG machine gun.
CASA CN-235  Spain Maritime patrol CN-235M-100P 2 Upgraded by EADS-CASA in 2008
Cessna 172H  France Surveillance & Monitoring FR172H 5 Reims-built
Eurocopter EC-135  Germany Light Utility & Trainer Helicopter EC135P2 2 Also used to support the Army when not in pilot training
Gates Learjet 45  United States VIP Transport & Air Ambulance 45 1
Grumman G1159C Gulfstream IV  United States VIP Transport G1159C 1 Operation cost per hour (2012): €3,790.[2]
Pilatus PC-9M   Switzerland Trainer Aircraft & Close Air Support PC-9M 7 8 delivered, one crashed in 2009.[3] Sometimes equipped with HMG or rocket pods.[4][5]
In addition, the IAC operates on behalf of the national police force's Garda Air Support Unit:
Pilatus Britten Norman Defender 4000   Switzerland/ United Kingdom GASU reconnaissance and patrol BN2T-4S 1
Eurocopter EC 135T2  Germany GASU EC135T2 2
Several Pilatus PC-9M aircraft at Baldonnel

Retired Irish military aircraft[edit]

A few examples of former Air Corps aircraft are retained in the Air Corps Museum in Baldonnel. These include an Avro Anson, An Alouette III and a Fouga Magister. A De Havilland Vampire and a Miles Magister are on display in the National Museum in Collins Barracks (Dublin).

Military aircraft which have been withdrawn from service with the Irish Air Corps include the following:


Fighter and attack aircraft[edit]

IAC Spitfire T.9 trainer wearing the early post war green colour scheme

Reconnaissance and patrol aircraft[edit]

An Avro 652A Anson which operated from 1946 to 1962

Transport and liaison aircraft[edit]

Percival Provost Mk 51 in IAC colours

Trainer aircraft[edit]

Eurocopter Dauphin SA-365F landing. Retired in 2005.
IAC Alouette III. Retired in 2007.