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  • #16
    SAR restricts you to type capable of carrying a rescue hoist. Not all suitable LUH have this facility.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    • #17
      New Lear Jet arrives

      The new Government Lear Jet arrived at Bal this evening at about 4.30pm. Really quiet, and great lines / scheme colour. Well wear!

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      • #18
        Any Photos yet? Anyone?


        Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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        • #19
          anybody gonna check if the Yanks left any unwanted electrical gadgets behind.......by mistake of course!!

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          • #20
            Morpheus I could not agree more! It will take something really big to make the people sit up to the plight of the DF's in regard to their equipment. I

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            • #21
              Well said morpheus
              why not copy that and send it to your local TD....just to see his/her reaction!:xlol:

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              • #22
                Just saw it on the news and heard a radio piece about it . It looks fairly small. Wonder will two nameless Ministers be able to fit in :p :p :p
                Only the dead have seen the end of war - Plato

                "Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory" Proverbs 11-14
                http://munsterfireandrescue.com

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                • #23
                  Mary Harney will have it all to herself!

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                  • #24
                    (16:45) The new €8m Government jet has arrived at Baldonnel and will go into full use in the New Year. The Minister for Defence, Michael Smith, said it was not a luxury item, but a necessary tool for the EU presidency.

                    The new eight-seater Learjet 45 flew into Casement Aerodrome over the weekend, and was inspected this afternoon by the Minister and the Chief of Staff, Lietenant-General Colm Mangan.

                    The Learjet replaces a 23-year-old Beechcraft.


                    The main Government jet, the 14-seater Gulfstream, remains in operation.

                    50% of the new jet was made in Belfast by Bombardier Aerospace.

                    The new aircraft can operate at 51,000 feet, has cruise speeds of over 500mph, and flies 2,000 miles without refueling.

                    It cost €8.5m, but the Government say it will not cost the taxpaayer a penny extra as it is being funded by savings from the Defence budget


                    See the clip

                    Six.One News


                    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                    • #25
                      Is it just me or did the army (well I'm guessing since it's green) guy in the video look like he was wearing a USSR uniform?

                      Ya know, with the 8.5 mil spent on that, you coulda gotten a second hand F-5. And tell me why it's "necessary" when you already have an airworthy Gulfstream parked at the ramp.
                      "Everyone's for a free Tibet, but no one's for freeing Tibet." -Mark Steyn. What an IMO-centric quote, eh?

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                      • #26
                        The minister tried to explain it all here
                        For the next six months, Ministers, Ministers of State and their officials will be obliged to attend literally hundreds of meetings across Europe, while at the same time, trying to manage their Departments and deliver for Ireland.
                        Replacements for the Kingair were due,and capacity wise the Lear is about the same,if slightly smaller. I think the idea was to have something for the short hops to London,Brussels etc,for the more Junior ministers,while the G4 is "needed" for the More senior departments...
                        I would prefer they use the lear than the Casa though. And the lear is still much better than Berties original plan of a BBJ(737) or A319

                        Its the lesser of 2,or 3 evils..
                        Now that the Government are happy with their shiny new air taxi,the rest of the air corps can get back to rebuilding itself as a proper Military air arm....
                        It could happen...:xlol:


                        Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                        • #27
                          My guess was that it was designed to whisk Bertie and crew away when outnumbered Gardai succumb to the protestors and whatnot, but yeah that works too goldie. :xlol:
                          "Everyone's for a free Tibet, but no one's for freeing Tibet." -Mark Steyn. What an IMO-centric quote, eh?

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                          • #28
                            faughanballagh that russian guy is Mickeal Vladislav. He has been working with the IDF for several years now to perfect our nuclear program...but dont tell anyone - its top secret!:xlol:

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                            • #29
                              For those who have not looked on Franks site.... Pic taken by Tony Kearns
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                              • #30
                                Santa comes early for State with delivery of new €8m jet

                                Santa comes early for State with delivery of new €8m jet
                                Melanie Finn
                                The Irish Independent
                                23-Dec-2003
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                                Defence Minister Michael Smith meets chief pilot on the Government's new jet Comdt Seamus McCormack yesterday when it went on show. Below, the old and the new jets. Pics: Donal Doherty

                                THE Government proudly showed off its latest purchase yesterday - delivered just in time for Christmas.

                                Costing €8.4m, the new Learjet 45 aircraft drew much approval when it was unveiled to the Irish media on a bitterly-cold day at the Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.

                                The state-of-the-art eight-seater executive jet will form part of the ministerial air transport fleet and will be primarily used by government ministers and their guests for quick hops to Europe.

                                Although surprisingly snug, the lavish interior boasts cream leather seats, fold-out tables and comes complete with three female flight attendants - all corporals in the Irish Air Corps.

                                Designed to replace the 23-year old Beechcraft aircraft, it is certified to operate at altitudes of up to 51,000ft. It travels above civilian traffic and can fly for 2,000 nautical miles in one trip.

                                Defence Minister Michael Smith defended splashing out on the aircraft and said it was an "essential tool" for leaders of a thriving country about to assume the EU presidency.

                                "This will help the Government run its business much more efficiently. It's very much in the public interest," he said.

                                Clearly irked by suggestions it was nothing more than a government extravagance, he said it was a "symbol of a changing Ireland. It's time to step out and not have Ireland chickening out and being afraid to show itself off."

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