aerospatiale alouette iii in
ireland Aer Chór na hÉireann

Irish Air Corps

Del'd: 8 - 1963 to 2007

  • Aer Chór na hÉireann alouette iii
With its then large rural communities, a particularly bad winter in 1962/63 prompted The Dáil to approve an order for the SAR-equipped Alouette III. It was to be the mainstay of Irish Air Corps rotary wing operations from Nov 1963, when the first two of three initially ordered, were based at Baldonnel; the third was delivered in Apr 1964.

A further 5 airframes were ordered with deliveries over 2 years, commencing 1972. By Aug 1987, the SAR role began to migrate to newer IAC models while the government looked to civilianise more of the SAR services and the Alouette IIIs took on a more Utility role.

The last six airframes were formally retired on 21 Sep 2007, after more than 40 years distinguished service.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1963/07302 squadron Baldonnel


FS Eithne class

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    1151 sa316b 1963     195: ex F-WJDH. Delivered 25 Nov 1963 as 195. wfu 21 Sep 2007, st+
    1153 sa316b 1963     196: ex F-WKQB. Delivered 25 Nov 1963 as 196. Retired from servic+
    1194 sa316b 1964     197: Delivered 15 May 1964 as 197. Retired from service and store+
    1973 sa316b 1972     202: Delivered 24 Mar 1972 as 202. Crash landing 1996 badly damag+
11jun11 pictured preserved at the Ulster Aviation Society at+
    1983 sa316b 1972     211: Delivered 4 Feb 1973 as 211. Noted wfu at Baldonnel Aug 2005+
    1984 sa316b 1973     212: ex. F-WMHH. Delivered 29 Mar 1973 as 212. Retired from servi+
    2116 sa316b 1973     213: Irish Air Corps d/d 16dec73 as 213; Aug05 noted wfu at Baldo+
06jul97 pictured at Baldonnel
    2122 sa316b 1974     214: Delivered 25 Mar 1974 as 214. Noted still in use at RNAS Yeo+
    8 C/N found in this Organisation

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