List of aircraft of the Irish Air Corps
Active Irish military aircraft
Military aircraft currently in active service with the Irish Air Corps are as follows:
|CASA CN-235||Spain||maritime patrol||MPA 100||2|
|Learjet 45||United States||VIP / air ambulance||1|
|Britten-Norman Defender||United Kingdom||police air support||Defender 4000||1||flown for the Garda Air Support Unit (GASU) |
|Cessna Reims FR172 H||France||surveillance / utility||5||based on the Cessna 172|
|Eurocopter EC135||France||utility||EC135 P2+/T2||4||two P2+s are flown for military purposes, with two T2s for the GASU|
|Pilatus PC-9||Switzerland||advanced trainer / CAS||PC-9M||7||armament option include heavy machine gun or rocket pods.|
Retired Irish military aircraft
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Military aircraft which have been withdrawn from service with the Irish Air Corps include the following: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
- Bristol F.2B Fighter - 8× 1922-1935
- Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard - 4× 1922-1929
- RAE S.E.5a - 1× 1922 (destroyed by the IRA during Civil War)
- Bristol F.2B Fighter Mk II - 6× 1925-1935
- Gloster Gladiator I - 4× 1938-1944 (1× crashed 1938, 1× crashed 1944, 2× retired 1943, 12 more ordered but not delivered due to British embargo on Ireland)
- Hawker Hurricane I - 12× 1940-1946 (1× RAF crash-landed in Ireland 1940 and repaired by Air Corps, 11× delivered 1943)
- Hawker Hurricane IIa - 1× 1941-1943 (RAF force-landed in Ireland)
- Hawker Hurricane IIb - 1× 1941-1943 (RAF crash-landed in Ireland)
- Hawker Hurricane IIc - 6× 1945-1947
- Supermarine V.S. 506 Seafire LF.III - 12× 1947-1955
- De Havilland DH.9
- Fairey Battle TT.I
- Hawker Hind and Hind Trainer
- Lockheed Hudson I (also used for maritime patrol duties)
Reconnaissance and patrol aircraft
Transport and liaison aircraft
- Avro 652A Anson I and C19
- Avro 626 Prefect (also served as a navigation trainer)
- Hawker Siddeley HS.125-600B and -700B
- Beechcraft Super King Air 200T
- De Havilland DH.84 Dragon 2
- De Havilland DH.104 Dove Mk 4, Mk 5, Mk 7, and Mk 8A
- Grumman G1159A Gulfstream III (leased)
- Gulfstream IV 
- Hawker Hector
- Martinsyde Type A Mk II
- Vickers Type 193 Vespa IV and Type 208 Vespa V
- Westland Lysander II
- Avro 504K - 6× 1922-1932
- Avro 621 Tutor
- Avro 631 Cadet (also used for coastal patrol duties)
- Avro 636
- De Havilland DH.60 Cirrus I Moth
- De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.20 and T.22A
- De Havilland DH.115 Vampire T.55 - 6× 1956-1976
- Fouga CM-170-2 Super Magister - 6× 1975-1999
- Hunting Percival Provost T.51 and T.53
- Miles M.14A Magister
- Miles M.25 Martinet TT.I
- Miles M.9A Master I and M.19 Master II
- Hunting Percival Provost T.51 and T.53
- SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D and SF-260WE Warrior
- Supermarine V.S. 509 Spitfire T.9 - 6× 1961-1961
- Aérospatiale Alouette III - replaced by AW139s and retired in September 2007
- Aérospatiale SA330J Puma - retired
- Aérospatiale SA342L Gazelle - retired December 2005 + sold
- Aérospatiale SA365Fi Dauphin II - retired + sold
- Sikorsky S-61N - Previously operated by IAC for Search & Rescue/Coast Guard. Since returned to CHC Ireland who operated it in same capacity.
- Eurocopter Twin Squirrel AS355N - Operated by IAC for Garda Air Support Unit until replaced by second EC135-T in January 2008.
- "World Air Forces 2016 pg. 21". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- "Learjet 45". military.ie. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Pilatus Britten Norman Defender". military.ie. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "Cessna 172H". military.ie. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Irish Air Corps - REIMS (CESSNA) FR.172H AND FR.172K ROCKET". Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "EC135 P2". military.ie. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "EC135 T2". military.ie. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "Fleet - Pilatus PC-9M Statistics". Military.ie (Official Defence Forces website).
- IrishAirPics.com - Description of live fire training exercise
- "Government jet sold". RTE. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Ireland.com - Second Garda helicopter takes to air
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