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  • F-GEHE

    Photo taken by Fabien Campillo at Chambery 24.1.99 !

    I have this a written off at Montevendre 21.3.97

    On turning final approach the pilot turned left but the helicopter continued to yaw left and rotated approx 3 times before the rotors struck the ground. Pilot aged 49 had 1,993 hours TT with 28 on type !

    Wonder if it got scrapped ?

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      On our ๐™‚๐™–๐™ฏ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™˜๐™˜๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ page (linked below) of the eight ๐™๐™–๐™ž๐™ก ๐™Ž๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š accidents recorded, three of the drivers had less than 10 hours on type, one had 12 and the others (bar one) had just over 20.

      I need to look into that Swedish Gazelle accident again (as I can't recall now what happened) but I think the driver may have had '0' hours on type (as crazy as that may sound).

      > http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...ident-database





  • SA341G N341AH (cn.1032) as seen in the USA in 1977 during film operations




    SA341C G-CBGZ (WA1915) as seen at Redhill c.2001 (Photo by Graeme Lovell)


    SA341B as seen at Gosport on 11th April 2012 (Photo by Richard Flagg)


    SA341G(S) YU-HEY (cn.1320) as seen at North Weald on 9th July 2009


    Per Fabrizio

    A Puma pic for you Fabrice, in case you don't have it. I haven't yet got a copy of your book so I don't know which photos you have.


    Bundesgrenzschutz (Border Guard) Puma in Germany

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    • Fabrice
      Fabrice commented
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      Grazie, Sav! I will keep it preciously for the next edition, if it ever comes up!

  • Gazelle's price tag from 1973

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Landing Lamp .. ยฃ430 in 1973 .. okay!



  • SA342L HA-LFQ (cn.1854) as seen at Sandtoft Airfield on 10th August 2013 (Photo by Alan Jessop)




    SA341B G-CDNO (WA1385) as seen at Breighton on 21st September 2014 (Photo by Chris Hall)

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    • Aรฉrospatiale SA342J C-FEMF (cn.1058) as seen departing Vancouver International Airport in March 1987 (Photo by Mike Head)


      Aรฉrospatiale SA342J C-FEMF (cn.1058) as seen in Canada c.1990

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      • G-SFTG. Carlisle Airport 1984 โ€˜Open Dayโ€™ static display.

        [Image Copyright and Provenance Unknown]

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        • Savoia
          Savoia commented
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          Fantastico Nosco! ๐Ÿ‘

          Floats, snow skis, litter and some sort of pole? ๐Ÿค”

        • noscoavia
          noscoavia commented
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          I think the 'pole' is just a rolled up canvas stretcher. All the pieces shown next to TG, came in the G-BLAN/O/P shipping containers.



      • SA341C G-IBNH (WA1033) NFI (Photo by Craig Duffy)


        SA341C G-SIVJ (WA2012) as seen Ha'penny Green on 4th March 2006 (Photo by Robert Beaver)




        SA342 12879 NFI




        Lebanese Air Force SA342 in 1980




        Watercolour by Yannick Rouvrais




        Antonio learning to fly!




        One of our members has a set of Lama tail rotor blades available.

        Check here for further info.

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        • Two nice pictures of Gazelle RA-1691G, taken by Pascal Brugier and reproduced here with his kind permission:





          Both pictures taken on 20-Jul-2017 in Kamchatka, one near the Ouzon Vulcano, the other in the Valley of Geysers.

          We are still hoping that someone will come up with an identity for this beauty.

          What is the purpose of the cables running from the rear cross tube to the stabilizer end plates?

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          • xbdt
            xbdt commented
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            looks like Westland 341B or 341C

          • noscoavia
            noscoavia commented
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            'Cable' looks to be a HF radio antenna.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            These are lovely Jos, bravo! ๐Ÿ‘

            As 'XB' has mentioned, definitely ex-UK mil bird, and as Nosco has identified, almost certainly an HF antenna.

            Not so sure about the landing pad (ie. how safe it is).



        • SA342M1 F-MCGK (4180) as seen at Aรฉrodrome de Montรฉlimar on 2nd September 2012 (Photo by Laurent Quรฉritรฉ)


          ALAT Gazelle maintenance NFI




          SA341B as seen over the Irish Sea in 2005 (Photo by Robert Lakey)




          Gazelles in Libya

          A confidential UN report has disclosed that a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based company recently purchased six helicopters and two boats to raid ships off Libya in a move to support Khalifa Haftar in his ongoing war on Tripoli.

          According to confidential reports the sale of at least $18 million in military equipment was made through a Jordan-based company owned by Fulcrum Holdings in the UAE.

          A source who has seen the reports, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the committee got a tip off in mid-January that the UAE was trying to fund a special team of mercenaries to back Haftar.

          "Fulcrum Holdings set up the company to carry out 'geological research' and used it to purchase three Puma helicopters from South Africa. The helicopters were transported to Jordan and then to Libya." The report added, citing the source as saying that it was unclear if South Africa's Starlite Aviation company sold the helicopters or mediated the transportation process.

          The UAE-based company also bought three French-built SA341 attack helicopters from Gabon to deploy to Libya and two 20-person MRC1250 boats via Malta-based Sovereign Charterers for the mercenaries to use, according to Anadolu Agency.

          Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported Friday that two Dubai-based companies sent 20 Western mercenaries to Libya to help Haftar forces seize Tripoli.

          The source said the letter revealed 20-25 mercenaries went to Benghazi to receive the helicopters and boats, and the purchase of six helicopters and two boats were actually made to carry out raids on vessels off Libya, pull them to the coast and search them for military equipment.

          Anadolu Agency said that against the risk of being noticed by satellite, the source said a logo of the Jordan-based company named was displayed on the helicopters and boats to give the impression they were doing performing 'geological research.'
          https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/un...t-haftar-libya




          N341ZL start and depart from Whiteman Airport, in the San Fernando Valley on 16th May 2020

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          • Rotorspot
            Rotorspot commented
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            Two of the three 'Puma helicopters' are likely to be AS332L Super Pumas c/n 2032 (ex ZT-RYH) and c/n 2161 (ex ZT-RYK). I do not have details on the Gazelles.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Grazie mille Jos! ๐Ÿ‘

            Regarding the Gazelles, is it possible that one of them was the white bird you mentioned some weeks ago and which we identified as RA-05702?



        • Here are some military Gazelle movements followed by some Civil. It seems civil/private and recreational flights are now allowed in England. Scotland is a different matter we are still firmly in lockdown !

          1.2.20 XW846 visited Exeter Airport (7 Regiment CF)
          5.2.20 ZB691 visited Exeter Airport (7 Regiment CF)
          5.2.20 ZB689 visited RAF Shawbury (665 Squadron)
          7.2.20 ZA775 was delivered from Fleetlands back to 665 Squadron via RAF Shawury and Manchester Barton

          16.5.20 YU-HEY Private site Stanbridge to private Site St Albans and return to Stanbridge.
          17.5.20 G-BZYD Private site Ripe for a local flight then another flight over to Sandown area, Isle of Wight and return to Ripe.
          18.5.20 YU-HEY Morning flight from Private site Stanbridge to St Albans and returned in evening back to Stanbridge

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          • md600driver
            md600driver commented
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            Yes, we have been busy flying in the UK. We did 4 hours over the weekend in various Gazelles.

            However, we canโ€™t fly to Scotland/Ireland/Wales, but Europe is okay.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Grazie Elipix!

          • Helipixman
            Helipixman commented
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            So not allowed to fly to Scotland/Ireland and Wales but Europe is OK ? I take it Europe is only OK for private flights ? The FCO are still advising against non essential travel ??

            A few private helicopters have flown from Scotland down to England and back !



        • SA341G G-FDAV (WA1108) as seen at Battersea in the 1990's (Photo by Graeme Lovell)


          SA341C G-BZOS (WA1173) as seen at Redhill in the early 2000's (Photo by Graeme Lovell)


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          • Originally posted by Helipixman View Post
            So not allowed to fly to Scotland/Ireland and Wales but Europe is OK ? I take it Europe is only OK for private flights ? The FCO are still advising against non essential travel ??

            A few private helicopters have flown from Scotland down to England and back !

            There are flights tomorrow and most days to Paris, Amsterdam and Germany from Manchester. You can also get a ferry from Hull to Holland, these are just a few that I know about.

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            • Helipixman
              Helipixman commented
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              I just wonder who is using these flights when the UK Gov (FCO) are advising not to travel. There is also daily KLM flights from Amsterdam to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Its interesting because I have a holiday booked (booked it a year ago) soon and from what I hear the holiday operator is planning to operate it ?



          • Unidentified SA341B at Badminton in 1984 (Photo by Stuart Mitchell)




            Unidentified BAG near Detmold in Germany, possibly from 654 Squadron NFI



            Unidentified BAG performing low-level ops, possibly in Germany




            SA341G(S) YU-HOT (cn.1390) as seen at Stapleford on 17th June 2017 (Photo by Vince Horan)

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            • Helipixman
              Helipixman commented
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              According to an airshow report for Badminton Air Day on 15th July 1984 the two Gazelles were ZA776 (B) and XZ320 (D)

            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              Eliโญ does it again! Grazie amico! ๐Ÿ‘Œ



          • Tuesday 19th May 2020
            YU-HEY did its usual Stanbridge > St Albans > Stanbridge commute.

            Wednesday 20th May 2020
            G-HSDL local flight from its home base.

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            • SA341B XX377 (WA1257) as seen at Malta Airport on 25 October 1976 (Photo by John Visanich)

              John writes:

              This Westland Gazelle operated with Salerno Flight which was attached to 41 Commando Unit based at St. George's Barracks in Pembroke, Malta, and is seen here making a rare visit to Luqa.

              This helicopter was involved in a tragic incident on 6th June 1982 during the Falklands War when it was shot down by a Sea Dart missile fired by the Type 42 destroyer HMS Cardiff with the loss of all four persons on board. Cardiff had misidentified the Gazelle as an enemy C-130 Hercules. Although the helicopter's loss was initially blamed on enemy action, a subsequent inquiry (four years later) found Cardiff's missile to be the cause.
              Note the cargo hook.




              SA341G G-BKLU (cn.1136) as seen at Silverstone in the late 1990's (Photo by Graeme Lovell)




              Serbian Air Force SA342 training flight




              Digital SA342 deck landing

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              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
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                There were three Gazelle AH.1s based at St. George's Barracks, Malta

                XX377 (E) Think the friendly fire incident occured due to the identification systems being switched off as it was interfering with the weapons systems.
                XX381 (F) Preserved at Welbeck College
                XX383 (G) Stored at Stapleford Tawney

                They all left Malta in April 1977 on RFA Sir Percival

              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                Grazie Elipix!

                '๐™๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™  ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™˜๐™˜๐™ช๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™™๐™ช๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™›๐™› ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™จ.'

                What a choice to have to make!



            • 21st May 2020

              G-EZZL Departed private site near Whitchurch > private site Great Bookham
              HA-HSG Breighton > Breighton (see video below)

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              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                Grazie Elipix!

                You would have thought some more Gazellers were out enjoying the good weather you guys are having!

                Perhaps on the weekend.



            • SA341G D-HAAF (cn.1111) as seen at Stuttgart Airport on 10th September 1993 (Photo by Ray Barber)




              SA342M HA-HSG (cn.3615) at Breighton on 21st May 2020
              (Video courtesy of Stefano)


              This is what happens when a Gaz driver comes out of quarantine!

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              • SA342L (cn.1854) ZU-RZR as seen in Gauteng Province, South Africa in May 2020 (Photo by Simon McDonnell)




                SA341B ZB678 (WA1979) as seen at Manchester Barton on 27th June 2015 (Photo by Roger Lockwood)




                Electric mini Tiger Gaz

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                • ZS-HYI was delivered to Heliquip in 1972, used also as Radio 702 Traffic Report/Patrol.

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                  • Zishelix
                    Zishelix commented
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                    Indeed, I was waiting until the photo appear in public domain first
                    https://twitter.com/Heliquip/status/...747973/photo/1

                  • Helipixman
                    Helipixman commented
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                    A wonderful action photograph and one that you two naughty boys have kept hidden for how many years ?

                    It is always great to see new photos for the first time.

                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    '๐˜ผ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™ค ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ช๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ž๐™™๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ?' โ€” According to my email records (Zis may be able to confirm) .. 8 years. ๐Ÿ˜ Zis was waiting for it to enter the public domain (which it now has) while I was waiting to post on 'Shrieking Gazelles II' (coming 'soon' [hopefully next year] to a forum near you).

                    It is as you say, a wonderful action shot, perhaps one of the best ever.



                • Cypriot Air Force SA342L during live fire exercise




                  ECU change on British Gazelle during Operation Granby 1991

                  For Jakub.




                  Gaz lift during Operation Barkhane in May 2020

                  During the above Gaz lift, the blades were loaded in the rear of the chook.




                  SA341F F-MBDB (cn.1092) at Dax Seyresse Airport in 1986 (Photo by Christian Malcros)




                  SA341D G-EZZL (WA1104) as seen at Duxford on 21st June 2019 (Christopher Murkin)

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                  • Another Egyptian Gazelle Identified

                    The following identity has been noted from a picture: Egyptian SA342L, serial 3369, is c/n 1714.

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                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Grazie mille Jos. You are welcome to post the photo when it is available.



                  • In the beginning there was an SA340 c/n 001 registered F-WOFH to F-BOFH to F-WOFH to F-ZWRF

                    Various sources quote the c/n changing to 01 (including the wonderful Rotorspot) when did this happen, because I cannot see any photographic evidence that it did, unless someone knows different?

                    A selection of photographs below show the changes and in all the examples the c/n remains 001 on the helicopter. In fact, the last photo shows the crude way in which they changed the 340 to 349z just by adding a curve to the 0.











                    All photos from the Helipixman Collection

                    โ€‹

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                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Super shots ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ฃ๐—œ๐—ซ grazie mille! ๐Ÿ‘

                      ๐—ซ๐—• in photo no.2 do you have any idea what those protrusions are which are mounted just less than halfway along the main blade?



                  • SA342M HA-HSG (cn.3615) as seen at Troutbeck Airfield in Cumbria in May 2020 (perhaps 23rd or 24th)




                    SA341G(S) G-OGAZ (cn.1274) as seen in Perth on 8th August 2009 (Photo by Robert Henderson)

                    From her days in Scottie!




                    SA342M F-MGOB as seen at Le Luc Le Cannet on 21st July 2013 (Photo by Rob Schleiffert)




                    SA341F2 N341RD (cn.1501) ex-FMBDC as seen in Florida in 2018




                    Libyan Gazelles: The Backstory

                    The 20 private military contractors (PMCs) who were evacuated from war-torn Libya aboard two Malta-leased RIBs and to Valletta, were aviation experts getting ready to operate assault helicopters, MaltaToday has learnt.

                    A full list of names in this newspaperโ€™s possession clearly shows the men who arrived at the Valletta seaport on the Manta-1 rigid inflatable boat on 3 July were not oil and gas personnel, but PMCs with evident military experience.

                    The men were released from their arrest by police two days after the Maltese company that leased them the two RIBs, Sovereign Charters, accepted to pay a โ‚ฌ15,000 fine for immigration irregularities.

                    Now police investigators have learned that the men were specialist pilots engaged to operate six utility and support helicopters, to be armed for โ€œassault and interdiction operationsโ€; as well as seacraft from Malta with maritime interdiction capability to target the sea supply route for weapons from Turkey to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

                    They included team leader Steven Hodge, a pilot; and pilots Travis Maki of geosciences firm Bridgeporth, Ryan Hogan, and Matthew Coughlin; Andrew Furness was identified as the helicopter loadmaster in the mission; other PMCs were South Africans Sean Baker, a medic, Hendrik Bam, Christian Du Preez, Andre Greyvenstein, Gilliam and Joseph Joubert, Rudi Koekemoer, Quintan Paul, Lucas Schutte and Abel Smit; Britons Michael Allen, David Button, coxswains Sean Callaghan Louw and Andrew Scott Ritchie, a former Royal Marines commando, and Australian Richard Parish.

                    Business connections

                    The two RIBs were leased by James Fenechโ€™s Sovereign Charterers to UAE firm Opus Capital Asset FZE, whose managing director Amanda Perry is the company secretary of Lancaster 6 Limited, a Malta company โ€“ as well as managing director of UAE firm Lancaster6 DMCC and CEO of L-6 FZE.

                    Lancaster 6 is owned by former Australian fighter pilot and sometime Malta resident Christiaan Durrant, a former associate of Blackwater founder Erik Prince.

                    Fenech is now the subject of a criminal case in which he is charged with breaching EU sanctions on Libya. Durrant is the CEO of the BVI-registered company L6 Group Holdings, which ultimately owns Lancaster 6.
                    https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/n...n#.Xsywe2gzbIU

                    The men were released from their arrest by police two days after the Maltese company that leased them the two RIBs, Sovereign Charters, accepted to pay a โ‚ฌ15,000 fine for immigration irregularities.
                    Yes of course, because after all people traversing the Mediterranean in little boats from Africa and landing without permission in Europe really is unacceptable .. and dangerous too.

                    Hypocrites!

                    Meanwhile .. further East

                    Egypt is looking to upgrade and refurbish 43 of its AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to AH-64E standard under a deal that could be worth $2.3 billion. The US State Department approved the possible foreign military sale on 7 May and notified Congress the same day.

                    Egypt is a big user of the Apache, with 46 AH-64Ds in service. Its attack helicopter force also includes 46 Kamov Ka-52s received from Russia and it recently emerged that Egypt is operating a small number of Mi-24 attack helicopters.

                    These add to its fleet of roughly 60 surviving Gazelle helicopters armed with HOT anti-tank missiles. Egypt has been keen to diversify its procurement sources since the 2013-2014 temporary freeze in weapons deliveries from the United States following a military coup.
                    https://defense.info/partners-corner...pter-upgrades/

                    Egypt has 60 Gazelles?

                    Last edited by Savoia; 3 hours ago.

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                    • Helipixman
                      Helipixman commented
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                      I think Egypt had 91 Gazelles !

                      4 x SA342K for Air Force
                      12 x SA342L for Army
                      75 x SA342L for Air Force

                      How many were built by the Arab British Helicopter Company at Helwan, Egypt ?

                  • Originally posted by Savoia View Post

                    ECU change on British Gazelle during Operation Granby 1991

                    Are you sure they are changing the ECU? You donโ€™t normally take off the 'A' frame when changing ECU, but you do when you're changing the head and thereโ€™s another head next to the aircraft.


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                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Ciao Stefano! I am not at all sure whether this is an ECU change, but that was the note attached to this photo. Your reasoning makes sense though.

                    • Helipixman
                      Helipixman commented
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                      Looks like a head change but you never know with the UK military they have strange ways of doing things !
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