After more than forty years of service the Alouette III fleet was retired in a ceremony at Baldonnel on this day. All six remaining aircraft took part in a formation flight and appropriately "Alpha 195" was the final aircraft to land, it having been the first Alouette delivered to the Air Corps in November 1963.
Formerly XE977 with the RAF, this Vampire was acquired by the Irish Air Corps in 1963 for ground instruction. It was painted into Air Corps colours after it was no longer needed for this role. In 2006 it was moved to the National Museum in the former Collins Barracks, Dublin City.