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  • Egyptian Gazelles NFI

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    • GAZART


      SA341B ZA766 (cn WA1808) at AAC Aldergrove possibly 2015-6 (A Painting by Derek Blois)

      The above painting is by the aviation artist Derek Blois and was accomplished using acrylics, Derek also paints using oils and watercolours.

      Why not kick-off 2018 with some culture by giving yourself a treat and commissioning a painting from Derek who can be contacted here.


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      • Hey guys, have you noticed we reached 100th page on this thread! Let me mark the moment with a small firework



        I use opportunity to thanks all of you who helped this thread grow this big. I'm especially grateful to Phil and Savoia who makes possible the Shrieking Gazelles at Aviafora.

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        • Savoia
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          And many thanks to you for starting this thread Zis!

      • Zishelix's Gazelle!


        SA341H S5-HCR (027) as seen at Zadar Airport in Croatia on 12th July 2002 (Photo: Pierre Gillard)

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        • Zishelix
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          Ah, sweet memories

      • WA.341D XX384 displayed at Pima Air and Space Museum at Tucson, Arizona. Photo taken in March 14th, 2017 by Kevin Colbran.



        This specific Gazelle served UK Army until demobed in 2015 and sold on civil market. A private collector near Norwich bought it with loads of Lynx airframes and transferred XX384 to Pima Museum after rebuilding it for static display.

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        • Savoia
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          Always thought it was a little sad that no collectors wanted to maintain a flying example of the earlier Lynx.

      • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
        Always thought it was a little sad that no collectors wanted to maintain a flying example of the earlier Lynx.
        I know someone that has been bidding for a flyable Lynx to add to his collection !!!

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      • N342ET


        SA342J(S) N342ET (cn 1058) as seen at Aéroport d'Annecy in France on 18th October 2017

        Serbian Gaz


        Serbian Air Force Gazelle pre-flight December 2017

        N888GZ


        SA341F2 N888GZ (cn 1540) at Brackett Field, Los Angeles on 14th October 2017

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        • SA341G RA-05706 (WA1802) at St. Petersburg Bay in December 2017





          RA-0682G at the St. Petersburg Boat Show in 2017

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          • Delivering ZB684 at RAF Waddington Airshow in 2009.

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            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              Nice one!

              Looking a bit similar though to something I saw on page 47: http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=4330#post4330 .. although that was in 2010, so it looks like they did this two years running.

              Mechanic to driver: 'You been out training again and come down hard one too many times - because I've got a buckled transmission deck!'

              Driver to mechanic: 'Ah no boss, 'twas when you lifted her by her hooks n' tail!'

            • Zishelix
              Zishelix commented
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              The same photo definitely. That's why it looked familiar to me I should better check before posting.

              Brize Norton in 2010 as Sav correctly pointed out.

            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              All re-posts warmly welcomed!

          • Unique Gazelle helicopter fenestron tail rotor standing lamp

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            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              It looks like a metallic sunflower!



          • SA341B XZ345 (WA1705) as seen at Middle Wallop on 2nd November 2017 (Photo: Chris Gilligan)

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            • MW Helicopters, Stapleford Aerodrome, December 2017


              SA341F2 N341RD (1501) St. Lucie County, Florida, December 2017

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              • SA341G RA-05706 (cn WA1802) departing St. Petersburg Bay in December 2017




                One of Rotor Leasing's SA341F2's NFI

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                • Savoia
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                  Photographer Chris Globe kindly posted on Avia's FB page providing details of the above bird .. N321VV (cn 1558). Grazie Cristofo!



              • SA342J HA-LFH (cn 1775) over North Yorkshire with return to Church Fenton

                BAG


                SA341B XX405 (cn WA1343) at SPTA on 12th December 2017 (Photo: Tommy Boxall)



                SA342M Start Tutorial

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                • The time has come the Walrus said, to talk of many things, such as antelopes in icy snow and swift-rotating wings!

                  And so the season of Snow Gazelles is upon us, in which the subject of this thread is seen amidst the winter weather.

                  If you would like to engage in this annual display of Gazelles in snow, then click on this album, choose a photo, and post it on this thread! Additional snow Gazelles are also welcome.

                  I am beginning this year's season with a video from last year, of Avia member Vitaly departing with his Gaz from the Vladivostok area at Christmas time.

                  Let the Snow Gazelles commence !!!


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                  • Nice initiative. Let me contribute with these two Snow Gazelles:


                    SA341G(S) HA-PJB sn 1293 with SA.342J sn 1663 at Crab Tree Farm (Photo by Steve)

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                    • My two cents on the theme

                      SA.342L 4192/BLD at Alpes in March 2009 (Photo: André Bour)

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                      • Snow Gazelle.... sadly not real its a sim, but pretty realistic anyway.

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                        • F-WTNV with F-ZWRL in the early 70's (Jean-Marie Potelle Collection)

                          Rare model of early Gazelle.

                          RA-1739G still for sale. Some new angles in the photos. Does the accompanying paperwork (in Russian) suggest that this is a Soko bird?

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                          • Rotorspot
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                            The paperwork does mention SOKO, but I do not know why. It also mentions HT Mark 2 on the same page. And on the next page it correctly identifies this bird as Eurocopter (Aerospatiale) SA341, s/n 1299. Making it ex XX391 and ZK-HTB.

                          • Savoia
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                            Well, we'd better stick with 1299 seeing at this is identified in your database. One day we will sort out some of these Russian birds.


                        • Heli Cap SA341G F-BVUI (cn 1122) in the French Alps in 1978 (Photo by Frédéric Rolland)

                          The boy must be dreaming of a white Xmas (or of a future as Gazelle pilot).

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                          • Savoia
                            Savoia commented
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                            Or .. 'I hope this photo one day ends up in 'Shrieking Gazelles' annual display of Snow Gazelles!'


                        • Serbian Gazelle in snow


                          SA342L E7-ABI (cn 139) delivering supplies to Sokolac (70 kms east of Sarajevo) in Bosnia on 1st February 2012

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                          • Rotorspot
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                            Isn't this exactly what Xmas is all about: caring for other people and peace to all!?

                          • Savoia
                            Savoia commented
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                            Yes indeed!


                        • SA342J F-HGUN (cn 1058) Courchevel 02-Mar2014 (Gilles Paccalet).

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                          • As the year draws to its close, so the time has come to extend Christmas greetings among the little community which is Shrieking Gazelles, a forum which continues to serve as home to a number of Gazelle enthusiasts. I offer my thanks to our regular contributors for your support over the past year, together with my appreciation to ‘Warty’ who designed this year’s ‘Christmas Gazelle’ (above). Great thanks as always go to Phil for his continued support in hosting this site.

                            Christmas provides an opportunity for many to participate in one of life’s richest blessings – ‘together time’ with our nearest and dearest. This coming together among family and friends allows us to appreciate just how blessed we are, for it is people who add value and meaning to our lives.

                            Christmas also represents a rare moment of unity, when on one day each year, numerous countries observe a broadly similar tradition. It wasn’t so long ago when such unity could be experienced weekly when Sundays still retained some spiritual significance, but as with so many Christian traditions, this practice has largely been discarded in order to make way for the development of the ‘new world’ – a place where goods and services are available 24/7, where commitment to trusted principles kowtows to political correctness and where people exist as resources to be deployed as efficiently as possible in the incessant pursuit of commerce.

                            Our world is changing .. at break-neck speed, and not all that is changing is for the better. All the more reason then that we make the most of each opportunity. One of the many unwritten traditions of Christmas is that we try and lay aside our differences for the sake of unity, a practice perhaps epitomised by the Christmas Truce of 1914. It is, I believe, a worthwhile endeavour, not least of all for the sake of our children, but also for ourselves, for in so doing we encourage the hope of fostering cherished moments with those closest to us.

                            Above all, we might recall the reason for this season, the celebration of God’s gift to mankind, His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who would carry away our sins and bridge the divide between man and God caused by sin. ‘Nonsense’ some will say. Fair enough, but the weight of evidence for those who desire truth, is literally overwhelming. Moreover, the naysayers and God-haters, while loud of voice, cannot erase some seventeen centuries in which Christ has featured at the centre of the Christmas celebration, indeed – where He rightly belongs. And while our ancestors made their fair share of mistakes, given the state of our society today, I would say they could probably teach us a thing or two about faith. In fairness to the doubters though, it must be admitted that the church has in general done a woeful job of representing the things of God; for the church, as with man, is imperfect. It is for this reason that those who are willing, should discover God for themselves. For those who thirst for the truth, the path which leads to Him who calls Himself ‘the Truth’, may be uncovered through something as simple as a prayer which asks the question, “Lord, please show me the way which leads to you.” It is a prayer we might consider offering at least once in our life.

                            There .. for those who won’t make it to midnight mass tomorrow, or to church on Christmas morning, you can at least say that you’ve read a micro-sermon on Aviafora! You see .. your Christmas is already off to a great start!

                            It only remains then to convey goodwill, peace and joy to each of our members, as well as to our growing number of readers, wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a happy new year.

                            Sav

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                              • Read about Siberian artist Evgeny Alyokhin and the 'Russian Robinson' on the R44 Thread. Watch Evgeny re-paint this aircraft and see his post-repaint video of the Russian Robinson in flight over Siberia.
                              • See an Irish Air Corps AW139 in snow near Athlone earlier this month on our Movements thread.
                              • Did you know that the RAF had Hawker Hurricanes stationed within Russia's arctic circle during the Second World War? Find out more on our WW2 thread.
                              • Avia member 'Nosco' has posted a lovely wintery shot from his photograph collection of a Swiss Alouette III from 1988. Check it out on Alouettes & Lamas.
                              • See some lovely shots of a Hiller Soloy in British Columbia, a great shot by Gilles Paccalet of French JetRanger F-HUBA at Courchevel as well as a North American 'Astar' captured in Alaska at the end of last month. All on our Winter Flying thread.
                              • See Italian Hughes 500D I-SHRA in snow at Corvara, wearing 'C' model paintwork and check out the 'Christmas Hughes' on the Classic Hughes thread.
                              And last, but by no means least, no Christmas could be complete on Aviafora without visiting the Courchevel Citation!

                              It is a Christmas tradition among Aviafora's members and readers to watch (at least once)

                              the 'Courchevel Citation'

                              Enjoy!
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                                • SA341G N341AS (cn 1042) in flight over Zomergem in Belgium

                                  I don't have a date for the above air-to-air clip of the X-Craft, but hoping XB can assist.





                                  SA342L KAF 523 (cn 1379) as seen in Kuwait City on 13th December 2017 (Photos by Alexander Melnikov)

                                  Seen attending the 2017 Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition.



                                  SA342M GEX as seen at Étain-Rouvres Air Base on 30th November 2017

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                                  • xbdt
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                                    Video is from May 18th 2015, filmed from a A600 Talon helicopter.

                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Ha ha, grazie XB, lovely stuff!

                                • Kuwaiti Gazelles

                                  Many sources report the Kuwait Gazelles as SA342K models. Some pictures (including the above of KAF-523, as well as one of KAF-517 (below) show these two labelled as SA342L models. Have these always been SA342L's, or can they have been upgraded from K to L models?

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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    One presumes that Aérospatiale delivered a number of 'L' models which were then amended to 'K' model specification, for both 1379 and 1349 while carrying the 'L' designation have sand filters, and being 342's, are fitted with the Astazou 14. These components, the upgraded engine and the sand filter, were as I understand it, the main features of the 'K' model.

                                • Russian Gazelle Cancelled

                                  According to the latest Russian aircraft register (dated 26-Dec-2017) Soko 341G Gazelle RA-05702 (c/n 058) has been cancelled. This happened somewhere in the past 4 weeks.

                                  Anyone having an idea about her fate? She was for sale in 2016.

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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Yes, she featured on 'Gazelles for Sale' in February of 2016 (see link below) but have heard little of her since.

                                    We do now have several Gazelle owners from Russia reading 'Shrieking Gazelles' but, I'm afraid it is still quite a 'trick' to discover details relating to a number of airframes. We'll get there in the end.

                                    http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=5109#post5109

                                • A New Gazelle .. for a New Year?



                                  Find out soon .. on SG!

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                                • SA341G C-FEDG as seen in Latornell (south of Grande Prairie), Alberta, Canada on 14th December 1978 (Photo: Steve Aubury)

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