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Pilatus PC-9M (263) from the Irish Air Corps at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2008, Leeuwarden (the Netherlands)

The Air Corps (An tAerchór) is the air component of the Defence Forces of Ireland. Through a fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft,
it provides military support to the Army and Naval Service, together with non-military air services such as air ambulance and the
Ministerial Air Transport Service. The primary airbase is Casement Aerodrome located at Baldonnel, County Dublin. In 2004 eight Pilatus PC-9M trainers were delivered to the Air Corps. The Pilatus aircraft were the first Air Corps aircraft to break with an Air Corps tradition of using consecutive tail-numbers. The General Officer Commanding started the new Pilatus tail-numbers in the 260 series – jumping from tail-number 258 (a Learjet 45) to 260 (the first Pilatus) – skipping tail-number 259. The Pilatus is the first Air Corps aircraft to have ejection seats since the de Havilland Vampire.
The PC-9M has six underwing hard points, and has the capability to be armed with FN HMP250 gun pods (each carrying one M3P machine gun) and FN LAU-7 rocket pods (each carrying seven Folding-Fin Aerial Rockets) for the close air support role. Aircrews have an annual live firing exercise,
flying out of Casement Aerodrome at Baldonnel to the coastal range at Gormanston Camp.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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Friday 20 June 2008
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