Air International 1982-03
K.Hayes, E.Power - Eire's Expanding Air Force
The Aerospatiale SA 342L Gazelle No 237 was the first of two purchased by the Irish Air Corps, having been delivered to Baldonnel two years ago for use in the training role.
The Siai Marchetti SF 260W Warriors continue to give the Air Corps satisfactory service.
The Aerospatiale SA 330L Puma, No 242, is the Air Corps' largest helicopter to date. At one time operated by the Ethiopian Air Force, it is on two-year lease, until July 1983.
The two British Aerospace HS.125s seen together here in Irish Air Corps livery at Baldonnel on 14 February 1980 are the leased Srs 600 No 239, since returned to the manufacturer, and the fully-owned Srs 700 No 238, which had been delivered the previous day.
The Beechcraft Super King Air 200 has proved to be particularly useful to the Air Corps and, in addition to the two used by the Maritime Squadron, No 240 illustrated here is used for crew training and VIP transportation.
The Super King Air 200 No 234, in service with the Maritime Squadron, retains a Beech Aircraft livery, as shown here.