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]
Learjet 45 United States VIP / air ambulance 1[2]
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]
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]
Pilatus PC-9 Switzerland advanced trainer / CAS PC-9M 7[1] armament option include heavy machine gun or rocket pods.[8][9]
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Military aircraft which have been withdrawn from service with the Irish Air Corps include the following: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]

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


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


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


  1. ^ a b c d e "World Air Forces 2016 pg. 21". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Learjet 45". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pilatus Britten Norman Defender". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cessna 172H". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Irish Air Corps - REIMS (CESSNA) FR.172H AND FR.172K ROCKET". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "EC135 P2". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "EC135 T2". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fleet - Pilatus PC-9M Statistics". (Official Defence Forces website). 
  9. ^ - Description of live fire training exercise
  10. ^ "Government jet sold". RTE. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  11. ^ - Second Garda helicopter takes to air