List of aircraft of the Irish Air Corps: Wikis


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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

Military aircraft currently in active service with the Irish Air Corps are as follows[1]:

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service Notes
AgustaWestland AW139  Italy Utility/attack helicopter AW139 6 Sometimes armed with door mounted GPMG
Beechcraft Super King Air  United States Transport 200T 1 Earlier used for maritime patrol duties
Britten Norman Defender 4000  United Kingdom Reconnaissance and patrol PBN-2T-4S 1 Flown by IAC to assist the Garda Síochána (Irish police force)
CASA CN-235  Spain Reconnaissance and patrol CN-235M-100P 2
Cessna 172  France Transport FR172H 5 Reims-built
Eurocopter EC-135  Germany Light utility helicopter EC135P2
One on order
(Flown by IAC to assist the Garda Síochána)
Gates Learjet 45  United States Transport - 1
Grumman G1159C Gulfstream IV  United States Transport G1159C 1
Pilatus PC-9M  Switzerland Fixed wing attack/trainer PC-9M 7 8 delivered, one crashed in 2009.[2] Sometimes equipped with HMG or rocket pods.[3][4]

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Military aircraft which have been withdrawn from service with the Irish Air Corps include the following:



Fighter and attack aircraft

Reconnaissance and patrol aircraft

Transport and liaison aircraft

Trainer aircraft

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




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