AIR CORPS - OTHER BADGES

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August 2002 also saw the introduction of the QFI badge for instructions in the Flying Training School.  They choose to have their own QFI badge.  The badge depicts the wearer as a Marchetti QFI.

The Marchetti Cadet badge was worn by Cadets who qualified as EHT (Elementary Handling Test). That is around 50 hrs flying time. 
With the introduction of the PC9 aircraft in April 2004 these badges ceased to be worn. 

 Marchetti QFI (Aug 2002)  Marchetti Cadet (Aug 2002)

 

Qualified Flying Instructor

The QFI badge was worn by all Qualified Flying Instructors on the flying suit.
The badge with the maple leaf was for QFI's who completed the course in Canada. This badge was introduced in May 2004.

Qualified Flying Instructor QFI (Sep 2002) QFI (May 2004)

 

AIR CORPS PIPE BAND

The pipe band title was introduced in October 1999 and worn for a short time it was only discontinued when the new band tunic was introduced as it did not suit the shoulder design shape of the new tunic.   Design idea was myself and Pipe Major J.O'Donnell.

Pipe Band Title (Oct 1999)

 

AIR CORPS FIRE SERVICE

The fire service introduced this badge as a non-uniform item in April 2005 but it subsequently found its way on to their t-shirts and jackets.  Design was myself and Fire Chief.

Air Corps Fire Service (Apr 2005)

 

ALOUETTE III (COMMEMORATIVE)

This badge I designed to commemorate the Trojan work the Alouette III gave to the Irish Air Corps over it's 44 years service.
It was introduced in May 2007 worn by crews in the lead up to the last flight of the Alouette III in September 2007.  Diameter is 85mm.

Alouette III  Commemorative
(Jun 2007)

 

 

The Breman Flight Commemoration Badge:

Attempting the first successful east to west crossing of the North Atlantic by airplane, two Germans, Baron Ehrenfried Guenther Freiherr von Huenefeld (aka. The Crazy Baron) and Captain Hermann Koehl, along with Irishman Major James C. Fitzmaurice flew their Junkers W33 monoplane named "Bremen" from Baldonnel Aerodrome, near Dublin in Ireland, bound for New York on the American East Coast.

Taking-off at 06:38hrs on the 12th April 1928, the flight lasted some 36 hour 30 minutes before the pilots were forced to land on a frozen lake at Greenly Island, Newfoundland, but by this time having now successfully completing the first east to west transatlantic flight.

Bremen Flight Commemoration Badge (2003)

The above badge was first worn by the four man crew of a Beech King Air 200 aircraft renamed "Fitz" who retraced the flight of the "Bremen". 

The crew of the "Fitz" was Brigadier General Ralph James,  Lieutenant Colonel Gerard O'Sullivan,  Captain Eamon Murphy,  and Sargent Anthony Conlon.  They departed Baldonnel Aerodrome on the 12th April 2003 at the exact same time as the "Bremen" and retracing it's historic journey to Newfoundland.  A second aircraft accompanied the "Fitz" on it's flight.  It was a single engine TBM 700,  piloted by Lieutenant Paul Kelly and the German women, Margrit Waltz.

This badge was designed by 2nd Lieutenant Niall Goff and 2nd Lieutenant  John Butler of the Irish Air Corps.

 

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 Page Updated : Saturday, 19 April 2014