Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Shrieking Gazelles

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts



  • SA341B XW847 (WA1011) as seen at an unconfirmed location on 24th April 2018 but reportedly en route between Wallop and Aldergrove

    GL-0007



    Sadly, not so much info to accompany this shot. Perhaps taken in the Ukraine and perhaps an ex-mil bird (although she has a tailrotor driveshaft cover) but the tail strobe is always a give away. Not to be confused with another Gazelle GL-0777!

    N16KH

    A while back we shared some of the details surrounding the demise of N16KH, see here. Herewith a snap of the unhappy event, although thankfully, no one perished.


    A downed N16KH (cn.1456) following her fall near Alpine Texas on 6th March 2003

    Comment





    • ALAT training in South Africa?

      Not quite but a demonstration recently arranged by South Africa's 'Group 73' (a private military training organisation) at Pretoria's Voortrekker Monument involving SA341F2 ZU-HHP.

      N37UP, up and away!


      SA341G N37UP (cn.1224) departing Sassuolo Airport in Modena, April 2018

      N37UP


      N37UP in Italia, April 2018

      YU-HMC


      SA341G YU-HMC (cn.1136) as seen at Denham Aerodrome on 24th April 2018 (Photo: Jon Wickenden)

      ~ ~ ~

      To find out what else is happening on Avia today, check our FB page:


      And, if you are willing, then please also like and follow this page!

      For our truth-loving readers, feel free to check out today's post on Storm Clouds to hear the backstory on Iran:

      Comment




      • ..........

        Comment


        • Zishelix
          Zishelix commented
          Editing a comment
          Deadly Ecuadorean girl... I mean the Gazelle of course!

        • Savoia
          Savoia commented
          Editing a comment
          Do you happen to know if those are antennas which are fitted to the cabin air intake scoop?

      • Stretched Gazelle promo leaflet



        Comment


        • Savoia
          Savoia commented
          Editing a comment
          The incomparable Gazelle indeed. She was the fastest for her day among the light singles. She probably remains among the quickest singles produced and may still be the fastest light single ie. discounting the Huey Cobra.



      • SA341F2 ZU-HHP (cn 1597) as seen at Vryheid Airfield in South Africa on 28th April 2018

        Owned by Eugene Couzyn, this craft was voted 'Best Warbird' at South Africa's Experimental Aircraft Association convention last weekend.



        SA341B ZB672 (WA1959) as seen at Koksijde Air Base in Belgium in July 1986 (Photo: Eric Coeckelberghs)

        Comment


        • HA-LFD with dark shaded plexiglass at Bourne Park in September 10th, 2010 (Photo: Chris England) RA-05705 since 2015.



          Cool looking but probably a bit demanding to fly in twilight or low-vis conditions. G-LEDR behind.

          Comment


          • YU-HES


            SA342J YU-HES (cn 1057) as seen at Stapleford in January 2012 (Photo: Martin Uzzell)

            Comment


            • N2FW

              Currently doing some research on the Gazelle population in the USA and found this photo.



              Owned by Comanche Maverick Air LLc, who also own and operate many warbirds. Looks like owner was Thomas Hoyt Friedkin founder of Gulf States Toyota who sadly passed away in 2017. His son Dan Friedkin took over and the Gazelle is now operated by him through Pursuit Aviation Inc.

              Interesting to note that Thomas Friedkin appeared in many films as a helicopter pilot including Blue Thunder

              Comment


              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
                Editing a comment
                Lovely shot Elipix!

            • N247CK (G-OLDH)

              Here is another shot of N247CK at a different location... anyone know where this is ?



              Photo from Shoot Aviation scrapbook.

              Comment


              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
                Editing a comment
                May have cracked this mystery myself.... Looks like Berkeley Castle located between Bristol and Gloucester. Did a search for the castle and came up with....

                Film crew descends on Berkeley Castle to film Johnny English Strikes again in 2017. Due for release October 2018. All other films at this location are period style so would not require a Gazelle.

                It is Johnny English Strikes again. Its seen on the trailer on you tube

                Will have to wait for film release.
                Last edited by Helipixman; 6th May 2018, 17:27.

              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
                Editing a comment
                Well done Elipix!

                Presumably though all the appearances of G-OLDH are going to be static?

              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
                Editing a comment
                Probably seeing as it still has a Declaration of no flight dated 20.4.16 and it travelled everywhere by trailer. I suppose they could do rotors running shots if there is no intention of flight.

            • Gazelle 6W-SHC

              A friend send me this link
              http://www.seneplus.com/societe/quan...larmee-de-lair
              The second half of the article mentions an accident that happened to a Senegalese Gazelle in 1983. During flight someone apparently switched off the engine, after which the helicopter landed hard and burnt out. My database only has one Gazelle in Senegal, so this must have been 6W-SHC (c/n 1025).

              Comment


              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
                Editing a comment
                Agree I too only have one for Senegal 6W-SHC

                Nice find

              • Zishelix
                Zishelix commented
                Editing a comment
                Thanks for this info, Jos! I assume #1025 was lost but had no details until now.

            • Gazelle in trailer for Johnny English strikes again (at about 47 seconds)

              Comment


              • Rotorspot
                Rotorspot commented
                Editing a comment
                Is that the Volta Tech Gazelle (the former G-OLDH) that was discussed on this Forum in early January 2018? 'Unconfirmed reports suggest that the recent photos of this craft were in preparation for her appearance in a film, possibly from the Kingsman franchise.'

              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
                Editing a comment
                Yes its the same one Volta Tech (G-OLDH)

                The Kingsman franchise was a hunch but turns out to be Johnny English instead.

            • Couple of Gazelle shots



              9T-HG5 one of the two SA342L Gazelles flown by Hutu pilots from Rwanda to Zaire during the civil war



              F-ZKBK for Rwandan military as 10K12 c/n 2163

              Comment


              • Zishelix
                Zishelix commented
                Editing a comment
                Wow! Pics of Rwandan Gazelles are quite difficult to find. Thanks for share Helipix!

              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
                Editing a comment
                Nice one Elipix.

                I believe Burundi may still have one or two Gazelles.

            • Qatar Emiri AF's SA342L (s/n 1940) 'QA05' as seen in 1986.

              Comment


              • L'armee de Terre Aérospatiale SA-342M flying into the sunset (Photo: Reinier Bergsma)

                Comment


                • Savoia
                  Savoia commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Very nice Zis!

                • Zishelix
                  Zishelix commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Thanks but all credits for the photo should go to Mr. Bergsma



              • SA341 XW276 cn.03 (Photo: Westland Archives)

                The first British Army Gazelle.

                Comment


                • Zishelix
                  Zishelix commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Vintage one, indeed

                  Interesting to see UK considered armed version of the Gazelle.

                • Savoia
                  Savoia commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Yes, I was also surprised to see these 'preliminary' rocket launchers added so early on.

                  Btw, do you know which year (approx.) cn.03 was built?

                • Zishelix
                  Zishelix commented
                  Editing a comment
                  #03 was built in 1968 but the specific photo was probably taken in 1970-'71 during trials at Yeovil.

              • Frasair


                Hugh Fraser's JetRanger and Gazelle (G-AYCM and G-BAZL) with McAlpine Gaz G-BBHW at Glasgow in September 1975 (Photo: Hugh McMillan)

                Hugh Fraser (he of the House of Fraser who once owned Dickins & Jones, Army & Navy and Harrods) operated this JetRanger and Gazelle for a time in the mid-70's. Seen here with McAlpine's G-BBHW.

                Zis may have posted something similar, in which case my apologies, and I know that I've posted a different angle of G-BBHW from this same hangar.

                Comment


                • Couple more shots of 3D-HGZ one with a strange addition to the registration making it 3DC-HGZ ?




                  Photos from Helipixman Collection

                  Comment


                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Nice one Elipix! Am I right in saying that the 3DC prefix designates Swazi (now eSwatini) government aircraft?

                • Nice pix, with great registration. Any idea about the (rough) date of the picture?

                  The initial registration prefixes for Swaziland were VQ-ZI. and VQ-ZJ. from 1929 till 1971, when a change to 3D was made. I believe 3DC is the current registration prefix for Swaziland, although I do not know since when.

                  Comment


                  • Helipixman
                    Helipixman commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Sorry have no idea as to date.... found this on www.sabdi.co.za just click through the images at the top

                    The owner was Dr Carnie Matisonn who was CEO of this organisation.



                • SA341C as seen at RNAS Culdrose in July 1976

                  Zis, do you happen to know the registration of this bird?

                  Comment




                • Yugoslav Gazelle '631' during Exercise Golija '87

                  Comment


                  • Zishelix
                    Zishelix commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Actually this is a poster from exYU military magazine 'Front' and the photo was taken at Ortijes airport near city of Mostar in early '80s. 12631 c/n 1202 was one of training machines attached to the 107. helikopterski puk (Helicopter Regiment)

                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Grazie Zis, much appreciated.

                • F-GEST in another livery

                  Comment


                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Very nice she looks too!



                • SA341C G-ZZLE (cn.WA1402) ex-XX436 as seen at Abingdon on 6th May 2018 (Photo: Rob Lovesey)


                  CU-39 at Abingdon on 6th May 2018



                  SA341B G-CDNO (cn.1385) at seen at Northrepps on 6th May 2018 (Photo: Mark)


                  SA342J YU-HEV (cn.1393) as seen at Booker Airfield on 12th May 2018 (Photo: Brian Nichols)


                  Special Archives


                  SA341G(S) YU-HOT performing a practice auto at Stapleford

                  Sounds like she has some blade tape coming undone.


                  A secret Gazelle store


                  Inside 'a Gazelle hangar'



                  Assistance in Identifying Gazelle Location


                  SA341D XW852 (WA1024) at an unidentified location

                  No details with this photo, but the water tower and accompanying 'block' should be a give away. Can anyone identify this airfield?


                  Comment




                  • Mini 'GAL' at ​Kreuztal in Germany



                    SA341B ZU-RLH (WA1600) as seen at Nelspruit Airport on 12th May 2018 (Photo: Gary Shephard)

                    Seen here wearing new advertising titles.



                    SA341B ZA766 (WA1808) as seen at Salisbury Plains Training Area 8th May 2018 (Photo: Liam Daniels)


                    Riding 'shotgun' with BATUS in Suffied (Photo by Ryan)



                    BAG's to Soldier on till 2022

                    Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a three-year contract to support the British Army's fleet of Aérospatiale Gazelle AH1 rotorcraft under a single-source deal.

                    Worth £15 million ($20.3 million), the sustainment programme will see the venerable type supported until 2022 by Airbus Helicopters UK.

                    Although the contract contains a three-year extension clause, it could open the possibility of retiring the Gazelle fleet earlier than the previously planned date of 2025.

                    Earlier this year, a senior representative from the UK's Joint Helicopter Command revealed that early work had begun on identifying a replacement for the 22-strong active fleet and hinted that the process could be accelerated.

                    Justifying the lack of an open competition in awarding the work to Airbus Helicopters, the Ministry of Defence notes the airframer's position as the OEM for the platform.

                    Support of the Gazelle "can only be carried out by Airbus Helicopters UK", it says.

                    "This is because they hold relevant skills, technical data, drawing and design information, and are not prepared to share or licence the use of that information outside of the Airbus group of companies."

                    The Gazelle is operated by the Army Air Corps in the reconnaissance and battlefield liaison role.
                    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...-least-448587/

                    Comment




                  • Introducing the 'Bandit Nightmare'



                    SA342M Gazelle Viviane 'Bandit Nightmare' (Photo: Marc-Eric Minard)

                    Comment


                    • Zishelix
                      Zishelix commented
                      Editing a comment
                      Wow! Congrats to the artist! An eye-catching machine for this Tiger Meet season

                  • G-VOIP


                    SA341D G-VOIP (WA1792) as seen at North Weald Aerodrome on 2nd May 2018 (Photo: Mark Odell)

                    G-VOIP's owner Eddie Coventry seen here (with hat) together with his friends.

                    'Nellie'


                    SA342J(S) N624EL (cn.1094) as seen at Issy-les-Moulineaux on 10th May 2018



                    SA342M Viviane 'GBJ' aka the 'Bandit Nightmare' (Photo: Marc-Eric Minard)

                    Zishelix wrote: Wow! Congrats to the artist!
                    That compliment goes to Régis Rocca who created the design and who also painted the aircraft with the assistance of 'Harry' Bault.


                    Comment


                    • Zishelix
                      Zishelix commented
                      Editing a comment
                      Thanks for info, Rico! This would be a nice addition to my collection of Gazelle drawings. I'll try to contact Mr. Rocca...

                  • Experimental SA-349.2 (c/n 1201) ex F-ZWRN under the covers



















                    Comment


                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
                      Editing a comment
                      The hydraulic and transmission oil levels look a little low!

                  • Well done, XB! Rare pics indeed. Not many visitors has opportunity to 'peep' inside for such details

                    Comment


                    • More ZU-RLH and more Bandit ..


                      SA341B ZU-RLH (WA1600) as seen at Nelspruit Airport on 12th May 2018 (Photo: Jarryd Sinovich)



                      SA342M GBJ as seen on 16th May 2018 (Photo: David Goovaerts)

                      BGJ is part of 3° RHC (3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment) based at Étain-Rouvres and has been painted in these colours for her attendance as this year's NATO Tiger Meet being held at Poznań-Krzesiny Air Base in Poland from 14-25 May 2018.




                      Does anyone know how many civilian Gazelles are actively operating in France besides the 'J' models N624EL and N342ET?

                      Comment


                      • I assume there are no more than few machines beside these two you mention. I'd say F-GEHB, GFCI & GKYC are still airworthy. Oops, F-GFCI operate in Italy.

                        Comment


                        • F-GFCI at Voghera Rivanazzano in August 24th, 2013 (Photo: Roberto Bianchi)

                          Comment


                          • Savoia
                            Savoia commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Nice one Zis!

                            For years now the owner has been trying to sell this craft. I'm not sure what the latest is.

                            Btw, there is a small detail about this aircraft which potentially makes it illegal, can you guess what it is?

                          • Zishelix
                            Zishelix commented
                            Editing a comment
                            No strobe light on the tail fin?

                          • Savoia
                            Savoia commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Ha ha, I didn't think you could miss this!

                            And it isn't just that there is no strobe/beacon on the tailfin specifically, but that the aircraft doesn't have a beacon anywhere, just nav lights.

                            The funny thing is that it has been like this for many years now.
                        Working...
                        X