Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

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Learjet 45

The Air Corps currently operates one Learjet 45. This aircraft entered service in 2004 and operates seven days a week usually in the Ministerial Air Transport role.

In addition to its transport role, the Learjet 45 regularly carries out national and international patient transfer services in conjunction with the Department of Health and Children. In order to do such, the aircraft can be modified within an hour whereby seats are removed from its interior allowing a fully independent Lifeport stretcher system to be installed in the cabin.

This system allows patients to be transferred directly from an ambulance to the aircraft by use of a specially modified loading ramp. The Lifeport stretcher system then provides a fully independent electrical, oxygen, vacumn and air source to medical personnel on board the aircraft for the patient transfer. The system is designed to transport patients requiring advanced life support.


  • Presidential & Ministerial Transport
  • Military & VIP Transport
  • Air Ambulance
Learjet 45 Statistics
Aircraft Type Bombardier Learjet 45
Role(s) Presidential, Ministerial, Military and VIP transport & Air ambulance
Crew 2 Pilots, 1 Flight Attendant and up to 7 Passengers
Powerplant 2 x Honeywell TFE731-20AR-1B turbofans
Wing Span 14.58 metres (47 feet, 10 inches)
Height 4.29 metres (14 feet, 1 inches)
Length 17.81 metres (58 feet, 5 inches)
Armament Not Applicable
Entered Service 2004
Learjet 45 Performance
Max T/O Weight 9,762 kilogrammes (21,500 pounds)
Service Ceiling 51,000 feet
Cruise Speed Mach 0.78
Maximum Speed Mach 0.81
Endurance 4 hours, 30 minutes (Plus Reserves)
Range 2,000 nautical miles

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