List of aircraft of the Irish Air Corps

List of aircraft of the Irish Air Corps

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

Military aircraft currently in active service with the Irish Air Corps are as follows [ [ Official Defence Forces Website - Air Corps Fleet] ] :

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AgustaWestland AW139 || || Reconnaissance and Patrol || PBN-2T-4S || 1 || (Flown by IAC to assist the Garda Síochána (Irish police force))
CASA CN-235 || || Light utility Helicopter || EC135P2

EC135T2 || 2
2 || One on order
(Flown by IAC to assist the Garda Síochána)
Gates Learjet 45 || || Trainer || PC-9M || 8 |

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Military aircraft which have been withdrawn from service with the Irish Air Corps include the following:


*de Havilland DH.9
*Fairey Battle TT.1
*Hawker Hind B.2 and Hind Trainer T.1
*Lockheed L214 Hudson I (also used for maritime patrol duties)

Fighter and attack aircraft

*Avro 504K
*Bristol F.2B
*de Havilland DH.115 Vampire T.11 and T.55
*Gloster Gladiator I
*Hawker Hurricane I, IIB and IIC
*Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard
*RAE S.E.5a
*Supermarine V.S. 509 Spitfire T.9 and V.S. 506 Seafire LF.III

Reconnaissance and patrol aircraft

*Fairey IIIF Mk 2
*Supermarine V.S. 236 Walrus I

Transport and liaison aircraft

*Avro 652A Anson I and C19
*Avro 626 Prefect (also served as a navigation trainer)
*BAe 125-600B and -700B
*de Havilland DH.84M Dragon II
*de Havilland DH.104 Dove Mk 4, Mk 5, Mk 7, and Mk 8A
*Grumman G1159A Gulfstream III (leased)
*Hawker Hector
*Martinsyde A1 Mk II
*Vickers Type 193 Vespa IV and Type 208 Vespa V
*Westland Lysander II

Trainer aircraft

*Avro 621 Tutor
*Avro 631 Cadet (also used for coastal patrol duties)
*Avro 636
*de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth
*de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.20 and T.22A
*Fouga CM-170 Magister and CM-170-2 Super Magister
*Miles M.14A Magister
*Miles M.25 Martinet TT.1
*Miles M.9A Master I, M.19 Master II, and M.27 Master III
*Percival Provost T.51 and T.53
*SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D, SF-260MC, and SF-260WE Warrior
*CASA CN-235M-100 (loaned by CASA for Irish aircrew familiarization)


*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 operate 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. [ [ - Second Garda helicopter takes to air] ]


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