Irish Air Corps

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Aer-Chor Nah Eireann
English Title:
Irish Air Corps
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

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.

Key Dates

1922    Air Corps formed
1956    First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire T.55
1963    First helicopters received – Alouette III

Current Status

The aircraft and helicopters of the Irish Air Corps are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Markings


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.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters

Headquarters, Air Corps Group, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin 22.

Organisational Structure

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

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 2008

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

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.

More Information


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)


Official Irish Air Corps webpage

wikipedia: Irish Air Corps

Scramble: Irish Air Corps

Air-Britain Photos: Irish Air Force

Irish Air Corps Aircraft 1922-1997

New Wings for the Irish Air Corps

Irish Air Pics

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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