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Current Title: Aer-Chor Nah Eireann
Title in English: Irish Air Corps
Abbreviation: IAC


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:
To be added

Future Plans:
Replacement of the Alouette IIIs, Dauphins and Gazelles with Agusta A109s.
Replacement of Cessna 172s with Cessna 208 Caravans.
Acquisition of a C-130J transport.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

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.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Headquarters, Air Corps Group, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin 22. Tel: (01)8046505, Fax: (01)84591036.

Current Organisational Structure:
The IAC revised its order of battle in early 2002.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

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


Irish Air Corps Bibliography


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

Irish Air Corps Photos

Air-Britain Photos: Irish Air Force

Irish Air Corps Aircraft 1922-1997

New Wings for the Irish Air Corps

Irish Air Pics

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