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 Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Maritime patrol
CASA CN-235 Spain maritime patrol MPA 100 2[1]
Transport
Learjet 45 United States VIP / air ambulance 1[2]
Surveillance
Britten-Norman Defender United Kingdom police air support Defender 4000 1[1] flown for the Garda Air Support Unit (GASU)[3]
Cessna Reims FR172 H France surveillance / utility 5[4] based on the Cessna 172[5]
Helicopters
AgustaWestland AW139 Italy utility 6[1]
Eurocopter EC135 France utility EC135 P2+/T2 4[1] two P2+s are flown for military purposes,[6] with two T2s for the GASU[7]
Trainer
Pilatus PC-9 Switzerland advanced trainer / CAS PC-9M 8[1][8] armament option include heavy machine gun or rocket pods.[9][10]
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).[11]

Military aircraft which have been withdrawn from service with the Irish Air Corps include the following:

Fighter and attack aircraft[edit]

Air Corps Spitfire T.9 trainer wearing the early post war green colour scheme
Gloster Gladiator Mk I of the 1st Squadron of the Irish Air Corps

Bombers[edit]

Reconnaissance and patrol aircraft[edit]

Transport and liaison aircraft[edit]

An Avro 652A Anson which operated from 1946 to 1962

Trainer aircraft[edit]

Percival Provost Mk 51 in Air Corps colours

Helicopters[edit]

Air Corps Alouette III. Retired in 2007

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "World Air Forces 2016 pg. 21". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Learjet 45". military.ie. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pilatus Britten Norman Defender". military.ie. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cessna 172H". military.ie. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Irish Air Corps - REIMS (CESSNA) FR.172H AND FR.172K ROCKET". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "EC135 P2". military.ie. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "EC135 T2". military.ie. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Written answers - Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - Department of Defence - Air Corps Equipment". Dáil Debates. Oireachtas. 12 December 2017 – via KildareStreet.com. 
  9. ^ "Fleet - Pilatus PC-9M Statistics". Military.ie (Official Defence Forces website). 
  10. ^ IrishAirPics.com - Description of live fire training exercise
  11. ^ Tony Canavan (January 2007). "Museum Eye - Soldiers and chiefs, the Irish at war - National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, Dublin". Reviews. History Ireland. 15 (1). 
  12. ^ Byrne 1980, p. 52.
  13. ^ O'Malley 2010, p. 57.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l MacCarron 2012, p. 20.
  15. ^ a b MacCarron 2012, p. 18.
  16. ^ "Irish Army Air Corps use of the Gloster Gladiator during the Second World War". Håkan Gustavsson. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  17. ^ Byrne 1980, p. 62.
  18. ^ McIvor 1994, p. 83.
  19. ^ O'Malley 2010, p. 148.
  20. ^ a b c d e "Air Corps Museum Collection (1918-2004)". Irish Military Archives. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "Government jet sold to US company". RTE. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  22. ^ O'Malley 2010, p. 205.
  23. ^ McIvor 1994, p. 42.
  24. ^ "Military Archives - Image Database - IE/MA/ACPS/GPN/001 - Glass plate negatives of a ground image of an Avro 621". MilitaryArchives.ie. Defence Forces. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  25. ^ "Alouettes set for final missions". Irish Times. 28 July 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  26. ^ "New Wings for the Irish Air Corps". Air-Scene UK. May 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  27. ^ "Up, up and away . . . why our Air Corps are getting plenty of lift". Independent News & Media. 4 July 2000. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  28. ^ "N86-1981- Air Corp Helicopters - Air Corps Takes Delivery Of Puma Helicoptor - July 1981". Irish Photo Archive. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  29. ^ "Second Garda helicopter takes to air". Irish Times. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 

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