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  • Originally posted by Savoia View Post

    SA341G G-WDEV (WA1098) as seen at Stapleford Airfield in the 2000's (Photo by Michael Rice)

    On last week's Flashback we featured G-IZEL at Weston-super-Mare and which was the same craft, 1098, now seen above as WDEV (so registered from her time with Wickford Development) and wearing the same scheme, albeit in different colours.

    Not sure of the craft behind her, but she is sitting on high skids.

    The one at the rear looks like a 342J. I would guess G-TOPZ 1473.

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    • Zishelix
      Zishelix commented
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      #1473 is a 'stretched' version, unlike one on the photo. If guess I'd say YU-HEV, but then no flag on the tail fin and can't remember I've ever seen her on high skids.

    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      I've tried enlarging the photo and it looks as though the reg on the maroon bird 'may' contain a 'C' and a 'Z' but I'm by no means certain.

  • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
    I've tried enlarging the photo and it looks as though the reg on the maroon bird 'may' contain a 'C' and a 'Z' but I'm by no means certain.

    YU-HEV used to be that colour.

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    • Savoia
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      It may well be HEV, although this is the first time to see her on high skids.



  • SA341B RA-05709 (WA1184) as seen at an abandoned village in Russia's Taiga forest on 5th April 2019




    SA341G N37UP (cn.1224) as seen over Viareggio, Tuscany in March 2019




    3/3 Squadron Les Félins are offering a 50% discount on all their Gaz merchandise for a limited time.

    Check out their merchandise here.


    In other news ..

    Sécurité Civile EC145 Strikes Power Lines in Martinique

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    • Gazelle in background of G-WDEV......

      If Savoia is correct and there is a C and Z as part of the registration then that would make it F-GCCZ which MW imported and then re-registered it as YU-HEV

      See photo below


      Photo Helipixman Collection

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Bravo Elipix! Perhaps she was on 'highs' just for a short time only.

    • Well done, Elipix!

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      • Qinetiq SA341C XZ939 (WA1750) (Photo by Laurie Hughes) NFI




        2019 Gazelle Squadron Display Team drivers as seen at Bourne Park on 5th April 2019


        Elsewhere .. Check out Gendarmerie EC145 fly-by here.

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        • Teddy Bears Paratrooping in Russia!



          RF-00383 at Kubinka in March 22nd, 2008 (Photo: Dmitry A. Mottl)



          By the way, anyone able to help about serial number of the specific machine?

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Ha ha, parachuting teddy bears, brilliant! Not something I've seen before. Usually is golf balls or Easter eggs.

            Bears? Perhaps representing Russia the bear!

            Almost certainly a Soko Gaz. As you know, we 'are' working on completing the Russian Gazelle database.


        • Just to advise that David Oliver's book 'The Gazelle' has now been released.

          I've been told that my copies are being sent to my local Waterstones shop.



          The Gazelle by David Oliver

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          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            Finally! I can hardly wait to see it.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Bravo Stefano! Once you've read it please can you let us know whether you consider it to be a good, bad or indifferent read!

          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            Mr. Oliver's book will certainly 'fill the gap' when speaking of Gazelle publications on English (after all it's the only one at the moment ) but I don't expect it will come even close to the yet unbeaten aircraft monograph in terms of quality: John Wegg's 'Caravelle – The Complete Story. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...egg-1773833375 Not only a gold nugget for any aviation enthusiast but the gold mine itself!

            Not surprising, John' book was a product of long lasted dedicated research and it's still One Of A Kind on aviation publications market.

        • Soko's SA.342L RA-0682G interior

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          • Savoia
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            If only the JetRangers I drove had been fitted with such seats, instead of the brokeback arrangement installed by the manufacturer. In my opinion, the standard JetRanger seating shouldn't have been delivered without complimentary access to post-flight chiropractic care!



        • SA341B XW847 (WA1011) as seen at Oban in Scotland on 14th March 2019






          Gazelle airframe as seen at Stapleford on 9th April 2019


          Gaz tail as seen at Stapleford on 10th April 2019




          Gaz with minigun, March 2019 NFI




          Zishelix wrote: but I don't expect it will come even close to the yet unbeaten aircraft monograph in terms of quality: John Wegg's 'Caravelle – The Complete Story'
          Ah .. the Caravelle, another Sud Aviation classic!

          I have fond memories of flying aboard the Caravelle with my late father.


          The Caravelle was Alitalia's first jet liner

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Grazie Zis, are you sure this is HVZ because the 'YU' Gaz in the photo seems to be dark blue whereas I think HVZ is darker or maybe even black. Also, her tail beacon seems different (a Whelen unit) compared to the one one HVZ (which is a Grimes unit).

          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            Maybe I'm wrong but not many such painted Gaz flying around with Serbian flag on the tail. The tail beacon was probably replaced in the meantime.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Agreed, everything else seems to fit, so as you say, perhaps she has had a new beacon fitted.

        • G-ONNE WA341D #1089 at Duxford in February 24th, 2019 (Photo: Vinny Halls)

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          • Originally posted by Zishelix View Post
            Oh dear, thoroughly stripped cabin section so can't 'catch' on anything to identify it. One of demobbed UK machines? Assumption based on the wiper spindles still mounted on the windshield. Long shot I know

            Looks like an ex-UK mil ship, although they normally have windscreen wipers. Some civilian ones also have wipers, especially 342's. The thing that gives it away are the rear door catches, as Army Gazelles have an extra fastener which locks it top and bottom. I’ve never seen a civilian Gazelle with that mod. Also, this Gaz has the extra fuse board as fitted to Army Gazelles, as well as the UK military full-length skid shoe mod.

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            • xbdt
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              Certainly an ex UK mil ship as it has the pitot support bracket and external 3x115V-400Hz connection port.




          • XX456 WA341B #1465 resting on English countryside in June 8th, 2006 (Photo: Peter Nicholson)

            Does anyone know what happened with this Gaz after beng demobbed back in 2010?

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            • Montenegrin Gazelles

              According to Jeremy, some of Montenegro Gazelles may hit the market soon:

              Bell already has a relationship with the eastern European country following the delivery of three 412s to Montenegro last September. In a post on Facebook, the Montenegran military indicated that they realised their current fleet of Gazelle helicopters were approx 30 years old, and would need replacing within the next five years.
              https://helihub.com/2019/04/09/bell-...egro-military/

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              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                Ciao 9A+, grazie per l'informazione! A warm welcome to Aviafora, nice to have you with us!

                It looks like there may be a 'glut' of ex-military Gazelles over the next five years.

                It will interesting to see if there will be any organisations besides Moma Stanojlovic offering competitively priced component overhaul for these ex-mil Gazelles.

              • Zishelix
                Zishelix commented
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                Welcome aboard, 9Aplus! Thanks for info.

                Kad bi barem jedna od crnogorskih 'preletjela' u Hr registar

              • 9Aplus
                9Aplus commented
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                Thank You to both of you for a welcome greetings

                Zishelix Još 2011. sam se uspio izboriti da u Annex 2 (danas EASA Annex1) CCAA pravilnik
                uđu FAR/CS27 & FAR/CS29 poletne težine.
                Ipak, obzirom na iskustvo, iskreno sumnjam da bi taj upis u 9A registar prošao bez teške papirnate borbe...
                Eng (In 2011, I managed to include FAR/CS27 & FAR/CS29 MTOW weights,
                within the national CCAA regulations about Annex 2 (today EASA Annex1).
                However, given the experience, I sincerely doubt that 9A register operation can happen, without a hard paperwork fight ...
                Last edited by 9Aplus; 5 days ago.



            • SA342J I-PTEC as seen in Strevi, Allesandria in March 2019 (Photo by Marco Bonelli)

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              • SA341B G-CDNO (WA1385) as seen at Fenland Airfield in Lincolnshire on 13th April 2019




                Gazelles for sale in France, April 2019




                SA342 as seen over the Meuse River in France, April 2019




                Tiger Meet begins on 13th May 2019




                SA341G N37UP (cn1224) con 'Arianna' in Italia on 12th April 2019

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                • L'armée de Terre Gazelle over Notre-Dame de Paris



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                  • SAF Gaz over the Suva Planina mountain in Serbia

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                    • Just picked up my copy of The Gazelle by David Oliver, had a quick flick through, plenty of photographs including a few from a well known web forum called Aviafora ! Fame at last for the forum...

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                      • Zishelix
                        Zishelix commented
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                        Nice to know Is Aviafora credited as the photo's source?

                      • Helipixman
                        Helipixman commented
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                        Yes all credited to Aviafora not individual photographers

                        Page 88....C-GUMH Heli Voyageur photo
                        Page 94....N341GG
                        Page 95....G-CHMF

                        I'm not going to spoil it for anyone else who is obtaining this book, there are some great photos that I have not seen before.

                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        I hope it is a good read!

                    • Originally posted by Helipixman View Post
                      Just picked up my copy of The Gazelle by David Oliver, had a quick flick through, plenty of photographs including a few from a well known web forum called Aviafora !

                      I received mine today, good book. Just a shame they didn’t proof read it, as there are some errors.

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                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        This is the place to address those errors, so please share them so that we can set the record straight, as our commitment is to our readers, who in large part are Gazelle enthusiasts who will doubtless appreciate the correct info.

                      • xbdt
                        xbdt commented
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                        Example, SA342G instead of SA341G, also they say N341GG was present at 50th anniversary in Middle Wallop (also untrue).
                        I got my copy last week ;-)

                    • Originally posted by xbdt View Post
                      Example, SA342G instead of SA341G, also they say N341GG was present at 50th anniversary in Middle Wallop (also untrue).
                      I got my copy last week ;-)

                      Yes I saw those also.

                      Some additional observations:
                      • SA342C and 342L should be 342L1
                      • HA-LFH identified as 341J but should be 342J
                      • G-CDNO is not owned by Falcon
                      • HA-PPY has been converted to 341G not 341H
                      • ZU-HBH was not donated to South Africa's anti-poaching unit by Paramount. It’s never been owned by Paramount

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                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        Well done Stefano!



                    • SA341D ZB627 (WA1914) as seen at RAF Odiham on 3rd August 1990 (Photo by Glyn Ramsden)

                      This craft became G-CBSK.


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                      Grazie per i vostri commenti Stefano e XB!

                      Anyone else wanting to write a Gaz book, please contact us and we'll connect you with a couple of proof readers.

                      Also for Stefano and XB, thank you for your comments on the Army frame at Stapleford further up the page:

                      Stefano wrote: Looks like an ex-UK mil ship, although they normally have windscreen wipers. Some civilian ones also have wipers, especially 342's. The thing that gives it away are the rear door catches, as Army Gazelles have an extra fastener which locks it top and bottom. I’ve never seen a civilian Gazelle with that mod. Also, this Gaz has the extra fuse board as fitted to Army Gazelles, as well as the UK military full-length skid shoe mod.
                      Never knew about the door latches. I suspect the full-length shoes were because of all those run-ons!


                      XB wrote: Certainly an ex UK mil ship as it has the pitot support bracket and external 3x115V-400Hz connection port.
                      Ha ha, only you would know such a thing, but I'm afraid I can't pick it out, not unless it is perhaps highlighted in a photo!


                      Avia Traditions!

                      Now I can't mention British Army Gazelles and run-ons without making reference to Mark's run-on in Flying Soldiers.


                      Go to 7:30

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                      • Fits perfectly for me, it says 'for ages 3 and above'



                        This remind me on a joke: Jim and Joe arguing which one is smarter. I'm very smart, said Jim, I can talk and write at the same time. Oh that's nothing, replied Joe, I can put together a jigsaw puzzle 'for 3 yrs & above' just in two weeks!

                        If it's not funny blame my English

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                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          A Ewing Gazelle !!! Lol, I never saw them use a Gaz, they always used Bells, and quite rightly so too, being in Texas!

                          I was living in the UK when 'Dallas' first aired, it turned out to be a bit of a 'thing' in the late 70's and early 80's. The fascination surrounding the identity of JR's shooter was the first time for me to witness such widespread public engagement with a TV series — the newspapers were continuously speculating on the matter, bookmakers were taking bets on the various suspects, and the morning after the 'reveal' episode aired, my local station master had written the name of the shooter in big letters on a blackboard for the convenience of rail passengers!



                      • SA342 as seen at Valence-Chabeuil Airport in April 2019


                        Plus .. a little something for Zishelix!

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                        • Zishelix
                          Zishelix commented
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                          Nice, let's hope the author won't mind


                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Yes, let us hope so, although I don't think they will be too troubled about such things in Serbia!

                          https://postimg.cc/nswHbbRd



                      • (Albeit a few hours early)



                        While we are waiting for Les Félins to make ready their 2019 'Tiger Meet Gazelle' (very soon now), a little flashback to last year's Tiger Gaz:







                        Photo gracieuseté Les Félins

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                        • Zishelix
                          Zishelix commented
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                          I'm also curious to see what kind of artwork livery they prepare this time. Probably few enthusiastic guys who likes the job they do (like everywhere ) Keep up with great work Messieurs!

                      • Originally posted by Zishelix View Post
                        Seniors among Aviaforans might recall ABC's short lived TV show Max Headroom.


                        Well, a Stretched Gazelle played a role in the show and I wonder if anybody can help to find out ID of the aircraft.



                        BELOW IS THE LINK TO NTSB AND CRASH WITH JEFF BEZOS IN THE FORMER MAX HEADROOM A/C N76WH. There's another

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                      • N76WH.. Usually flown by Nigel Turner, a former Captain in the No. 662 Squadron AAC (Army Air Corps (United Kingdom) who flew in German during the "Cold War" and has over 2,000 Gazelle Hours. He went on to form Heli-LA as the first major tour helicopter company in Los Angeles which evolved into Heli-USA in Van Nuys, Sausalito (San Francisco), San Diego and Las Vegas. Went bigtime in Las Vegas/Grand Canyon in 1994-2010 but suffered an ingenious thanks to the downturn in tourism after 9/11/2001, combined with issues with the AS350 and huge problems with the Arriel engine and trying to use the Agusta A-119 Koala in a 12 seat

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                      • In case that someone is "crazy" enough to put Gazelle in 9A register, this is recommended therapy for start
                        Airworthiness of Annex 1 aircrafts
                        -> http://www.ccaa.hr/hrvatski/novosti_...akoplova_1012/
                        Sorry no ENG, please use G-translator or similar.

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                        • Zishelix
                          Zishelix commented
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                          We must admit the Agency guys are very enthusiastic about their job... sometime even 'too enthusiastic' from our perspective

                          In you opinion, what would be the main problem(s) in attempt to put a Gazelle in 9A-Reg? Let's say civil one with no military service history.



                      • SA341G(S) YU-HVZ (cn,1295) as seen at Kotrijk-Wevelgem Airport on 19th April 2019 (Photo by Tim)

                        Hey Zis, guess what? Black Pete has indeed been re-fitted with a Whelen tail beacon, so she was the one seen last week at Stapleford.


                        Black Pete landing at an undisclosed location in the Netherlands on 19th April 2019 (Video by Tim)

                        Jos, are you able to identify this location next to a motorway and with a huge radio mast next to the helipad!




                        SA342M Viviane F-MGBU on exercise with RMAF Gazelle 'CP' over Errachidia in Morocco on 19th April 2019

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                        • New Gazelle T-Shirt

                          So .. the new Gazelle T-shirt we showcased the other day has returned a number of requests from our readers across various platforms.

                          These T's are available ex-Serbia at a cost of €15.

                          The contact details for ordering this shirt are as follows:

                          Email: brainfartmerch@gmail.com

                          Tel: +387 63 979 586


                          Another shot of Zis' favourite new T-shirt!

                          See how the shirt was made ..

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