At independence in December 1921, the Irish government took over the existing facilities and aerodromes used by the RFC, RNAS and RAF in the First World War. The Irish Air Corps was formed the following year, as part of the Army. During World War Two, coastal and neutrality patrols were maintained. Following the end of the war, overall strength was reduced. Its main duties are border security, communications, training and fishery protection.
|1922||Air Corps formed|
|1956||First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire T.55|
|1963||First helicopters received – Alouette III|
The aircraft and helicopters of the Irish Air Corps are fully operational.
No plans known.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
The Irish military serial numbering system consists of a three digit mumber. The numbers are issued in a continuous sequence and not in blocks, e.g. PC-9M 264.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
Headquarters, Air Corps Group, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin 22.
The IAC revised its order of battle in early 2002. It now comprises 2 Operational Wings, each with between 2 and 4 squadrons, plus the Air Corps College and its Flying Training School.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Unit Allocations
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
The main air base is Baldonnel.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)
World Air Power Journal No.5 p.143
Scale Aircraft Modelling Dec 1996
Scramble 203 (April 1996)