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Published on December 1st, 2014 | by Jim Lee

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Air Corps Gulfstream IV remains grounded due to maintenance issues

Attempts to clarify the current status of the Air Corps Gulfstream IV, ‘251’ which remains grounded at the Gulf Aerospace Corporation facility in Georgia after “issues were discovered with the undercarriage” during scheduled annual maintenance were declined by the Department of Defence who referred us to a Dáil reply to question 115 of 14th October 2014. The substance of the reply was that the Department was “in consultation with Gulfstream in relation to this situation” It concluded “bring a memorandum to Cabinet on this matter in due course”. Although a department spokesperson denied reports circulating that the aircraft had been scrapped, the department was not prepared to issue a formal statement confirming this or indeed if and how any disposal process for this aircraft would be handled.

 

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About the Author

Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.



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