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  • New owner: as indicated before on this Forum, Gazelle AH.Mk1 N685ZB (c/n 1994) has changed hands; per 09-Jul-2020 she is registered to TRI INVESTMENTS LLC, AIR 1 LLC, NEWARK, DE (USA).
    Last edited by Rotorspot; 3 weeks ago.

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    • md600driver
      md600driver commented
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      Another unsuspecting buyer

    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Grazie Jos!

      It would be nice if someone actually got that bird flying again.



  • SA341H HA-LFK (cn.051) as seen at Gรถdรถllรต Airfield in Hungary on 2nd May 2008 (Photo by Ferenc Kolos)




    SA342J YU-HEV (cn.1393) as seen at Snetterton Race Circuit in Norfolk on 9th August 2015 (Photo by David Moth)

    Snetterton race circuit was of course the site of RAF Snetterton Heath and once converted to a circuit was frequently used by Colin Chapman (Team Lotus) and Jonathan Palmer (MotorSport Vision).

    While on the matter of civilian 342's .. I've got a 342 conundrum coming-up .. and which I hope someone may be able to shed some light on.




    RA-0682G pre-flight inspection (Part 2)




    Crabtrees Senior and Junior with the Crabtree Warrrior
    at Breighton (perhaps on 12th July) with Crabtree Junior
    flying the Warrior in the second half

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    • Rotorspot
      Rotorspot commented
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      I think we still do not have a confirmed identity for RA-0682G. Can someone be so kind to please check it during the pre-flight inspection?!

    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Will see what I can do Jos. What we know is that this is a Soko built/assembled SA342L.

    • Zishelix
      Zishelix commented
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      I have RA-0682G as Soko's 342L c/n 123, hard landed in May 2018 and w/o (burnt out) http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/211266



  • G-KEMH now registered to Tabby Manning, 13.7.20 at an address in Warlingham ! Base ? Redhill or Biggin Hill ?

    G-VOIP now showing as a Potential change of owner, addressee deceased. It seems Eddie Coventry passed away in late March 2020 !

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      '๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ข๐™จ ๐™€๐™™๐™™๐™ž๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™˜๐™ 2020.'

  • SA.342M 4178/BPP and SA.341F 1215/BOV at ALAT Cognac in May 20th, 1990 (Photo: Graham Tiller)

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    • Fabrice
      Fabrice commented
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      Both belong to the Pau based 5รจme RHC (Combat Helicopters Regt).

    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Grazie mille Fabrizio! ๐Ÿ‘ Just like Elipix .. you are also a โญ



  • SA341F2 ZU-RRW (cn.1369) as seen in Cape Town (no date)


    For Jakub ..



    SA341B XX439 (WA1409) as seen in 1992 (no location info)


    For Jos ..

    The owner of RA-0682G (an Avia member) does not wish to divulge the aircraft's serial number at present. As Zis has mentioned, this is most probably a re-build from Soko no. 123. As we know, there are a number of Russian owners who prefer not to identify their aircraft and so for now there is not much we can do about this but to observe that this too is part of the current 'Gazelle landscape' so to speak.

    In other matters, the owner did suggest an Avia name for his craft .. namely .. 'The 342 Phantom!'




    SA342 start procedure (Part 1)










    SA342J N65AR (cn.1602) as seen at Telluride Airport in Colorado on 12th July 2020

    *NB: Telluride Airport elevation is 9,000ft (reminds me of my days in PNG).
    With our great thanks to 'Mr. Porsche' in America for these lovely photos and video of N65AR.

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    • The Gazelle Squadron

      Apparently they have moved out of Bourne Park as of Sunday 14th June 2020. At present they want to keep their new location quiet.

      All Gazelles have departed Bourne Park and they will advise when re-location is completed.

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Grazie Elipix! ๐Ÿ‘ Once again living up to your additional call sign .. ๐Ÿšโญ

        It could just be that the chaps at Bourne Park are ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด out some of their residents while the Gaz Squad may already have been looking for some new ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ perhaps even for planting some vines to make a little ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ.

    • Originally posted by Fabrice View Post
      Any idea why WA1510 is fitted with armoured seats? (see also post 4448)?

      Gazelle seats are not that cheap to buy, plus .. you can buy brand new armoured seats on ebay in the UK for as little as ยฃ200!


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      • Fabrice
        Fabrice commented
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        Sure, but I can see no interest in performing just training flights with the extra weight of the armoured seats...





    • SA341C G-ZELE (WA1007) as seen at Breighton on 22nd September 2013 (Photo by Alan Jessop)



      SA341G N565F (cn.1182) as seen in Deauville, Normandie on 30th April 2005 (Photo by Stephane Pichard)


      N65AR

      I received a couple of PM's following yesterday's post featuring N65AR:

      Q1: Wasn't this the Gaz which crashed in Nevada a couple of weeks ago?

      No, that was N342J (also a 'J' model) but owned by Steve Hamilton, see post 4439 on page 148.

      Q2: N65AR was for sale, do you know if this is still owned by Scott Seibold?

      Yes, N65AR has been up for sale, but up until now she is still owned by Scott.

      Anyone with Gaz queries, if possible please mail me at aviafora1@gmail.com rather than using PM's as Avia's mailboxes aren't so large. Grazie


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      • Helipixman
        Helipixman commented
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        Just in case anyone is wondering what the DG logo is for on G-ZELE ? Its a housing development called Durham Gate.

      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Grazie Elipix! ๐Ÿ‘

    • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
      For Jos ..

      The owner of RA-0682G (an Avia member) does not wish to divulge the aircraft's serial number at present. As Zis has mentioned, this is most probably a re-build from Soko no. 123. As we know, there are a number of Russian owners who prefer not to identify their aircraft and so for now there is not much we can do about this but to observe that this too is part of the current 'Gazelle landscape' so to speak.

      In other matters, the owner did suggest an Avia name for his craft .. namely .. 'The 342 Phantom!'

      Mille grazie, Enrico. I understand the issue. Do you mean she was rebuilt after the hard landing with ensuing fire damage? In that case, I propose to name her 'The 342 Phoenix!'

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        We are unsure as to the provenance of this aircraft, but .. we believe it may be using the data plate from cn.123 and yes, 'The Phoenix' may well be an appropriate name!



    • SA341B as seen in Rhodesia in 1979

      No further information just now on the above shot, but I am going to make some enquiries.




      SA342L L812 as seen at Rayak Air Base in Lebanon on 16th July 2020




      SA342MV F-MGBZ NFI

      I am going to ask Fabrice if he knows where this was taken, but most likely in West Africa.




      Part Two of the 342 Phantom's start

      Interestingly, in this video (and the one before it) we see the 'automatic' nature of the Gaz start (and which I assume is the same for the Alouette) because usually the driver is holding the start switch the whole time (probably the recommended procedure) and so I wasn't sure whether the switch was perhaps spring-loaded and had to be held in place for the start.

      The early JetRangers (typically in the 70's) were often fitted with a Ceco fuel control unit which required that you manually adjust the fuel flow throughout the start and there were several occasions (especially with newbie drivers) where a slip of the wrist resulted in unwelcome hot starts and in worst case scenarios, removal of the hot section. This improved when the Bendix fuel control was introduced but neither of them seem as efficient as the system which seems to have appeared from the very beginning on the Alouette and Gazelle.

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      • Fabrice
        Fabrice commented
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        ๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ: '๐™„ ๐™–๐™ข ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™จ๐™  ๐™๐™–๐™—๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™ž๐™› ๐™๐™š ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™ฃ, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™’๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐˜ผ๐™›๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™–.'

        The picture is most probably taken above North-Mali. The real HOT missiles and the stripped-off armรฉe de TERRE titles denote an operational theatre.

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

    • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
      Interestingly, in this video (and the one before it) we see the 'automatic' nature of the Gaz start (and which I assume is the same for the Alouette) because usually the driver is holding the start switch the whole time (probably the recommended procedure) and so I wasn't sure whether the switch was perhaps spring-loaded and had to be held in place for the start.

      The SA342 has two engine types, the 14M and the 14H. The 14M only has two positions for start 'Off' and 'On', you start in the middle then switch to the top and leave it. On the 14H, the procedure is the same as for the 341.

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Grazie Stefano! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    • Una piccola sorpresa!

      First there was Glasnost .. but today we have GazNos!









      SA342J(S) YV-228CP (cn.1616) manufactured in 1978 and seen here in Venezuela flying with Helicรณpteros Flamingo




      SA341B XX413 (WA1309) as seen at RNAS Yeovilton on 29th July 1089 (Photo by Robert Nichols)




      SA341F2 N341RD (cn.1501) as seen at Port Charlotte in Florida on 20th October 2018 (Photo by Robert Bourlier)

      Is that an axe by the co-driver's door?




      The Phantom Gaz as seen yesterday near St. Petersburg

      More Phantom Gaz videos on the way.

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        '.. ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ก๐™จ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™ช๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™– ๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™ช๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™ค-๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฉ...'

        ๐Ÿ˜†

      • Helipixman
        Helipixman commented
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        What can I say YV-228CP, an amazing find of a so far mystery bird ! You should receive an award for finding these images.
        ๐Ÿ‘ You have made my day also.

      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        '๐™”๐™ค๐™ช ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™š๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™š ๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™จ.'

        Ha ha, grazie Elipix! My 'award' is for our readers to be happy!



    • SA341B ZA772 (WA1814) from 665 Squadron as seen at RAF Fairford on 12th July 2018




      Egyptian Police SA342L (cn.1624) NFI




      British Helicopter Champions at Broadlands in Hampshire on 22nd May 1983 (Photo by Graham Tiller)




      SA342M F-MGEJ from 4e RHFS extrcting commandos from Pau in southwestern France




      Over water flight with Anthony Chan in SA341F2 N918GZ in July 2020




      The 342 Phantom taking-off near St. Petersburg over the weekend

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      • SA341B ZU-RLH (WA1600) as seen at Nelspruit Airfield on 16th June 2017 (Photo by Christiaan Kotze)




        SA341G HA-LFT (cn.1413) as seen at Breighton on 22nd September 2013




        SA341G VH-WLS (cn.1361) as seen as Bare Island, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd September 1977

        The above shot of Australia's National Parks and Wildlife Service Gazelle may seem similar to one posted previously, but is in fact taken from a different angle.

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        • SA341B XX453 (WA1454) as seen at SPTA on 15th March 2017




          SA342M as seen at Aรฉroport de Dole-Besanรงon-Dijon on 2nd July 2020












          SA342L ZU-RMX (cn.1887) as seen at Margate Airport in KwaZulu-Natal on 21st July 2020

          With our thanks to Esther Boshoff for these photos and video!

          Plus, Esther says .. if anyone is visiting South Africa, then be sure to come to KwaZulu Natal's South Coast where she will hook you up with an unforgettable scenic flight!




          The 342 Phantom near St. Petersburg in July 2020


          The 342 Phantom recording 286kph/154kts near St. Petersburg on 21st July 2020


          The 342 Phantom performing an over water flight near St. Petersburg on 21st July 2020

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          • SA341G(S) YU-HEY (cn.1320) as seen at Fishburn Airfield in County Durham on 30th September 2006 (Photo by Malcolm Clarke)




            Royal Marines Gazelle as seen at Yeovilton in 2011 (Photo by Ray Bedford)




            I am receiving messages that one of our members has something to share with us.

            Perhaps 'XB' can help us to discover what that news is!

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            • Fabrice
              Fabrice commented
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              Royal Marines Gazelle as seen at Yeovilton in 2011
              Do you confirm that the Gazelles belong to the Royal Marines? I believed the Gazelles had left the Marines in 2005.

            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              Grazie Fabrizio, I am sure you are right. ๐Ÿ‘ I think the photographer must have meant an ex-Marines Gazelle.

          • New Arrival at Zomergem

            New acquisition arrived yesterday. I have bought several SA342M's (ex-French military ALAT) and after overhaul they all go to the USA to happy customers!

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            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              Bravo XB, this is fantastic news! ๐Ÿ‘

              Will these be the second/third ALAT 342's on the civil register after the 'Crabtree Warrior'?

            • Zishelix
              Zishelix commented
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              Great news, several more Gazelle saved! Well done, XB!



          • Four Gazelles accompanied by Five Pumas arrive at Divulje Air Base on 26th November 1993 (Photo by Fabrice Henrard)




            SA341B XZ312 (WA1581) as seen at Groningen-Eelde Airport in June 1992 (Photo by Jack Poelstra)




            SA341C ZU-HBH (WA1418) attending the Heli-Games at Jack Taylor Airfield near Krugersdorp in 2019 (Photo by Andre Venter)




            Documentary covering the downing of an Armรฉe de Terre Gazelle
            in Mali during Operation Barkhane last year (en franรงais)


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            • With SAVOIA unearthing some truly astonishingly rare photographs of a Venezuelan Gazelle YV228CP, both Zishelix and myself feel the need to repay him with another very rare Gazelle not seen until now:- Being one of the moderators he probably cannot give himself an award so this is for him !

              N9002Z c/n 1527 with titles of Caribbean Helicopter Airways Inc



              Photos with thanks to the San Diego Air & Space Museum archive

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              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                Wow! As in just wow! ๐Ÿคช

                What a lovely gesture guys ๐Ÿ‘ and what truly wonderful shots! โญโญโญโญโญ

                Not only nice quality photos, but revealing a hitherto unknown operator (at least for me).

                ๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ, ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ซ! โ€” And that you have indeed done. Grazie mille amici miei!

                Interesting to see the floats painted in the same colour as the fuselage. Colour-coded pop-out floats on the JetRanger where in vogue for a while in the early-to-mid 80's, but I'm guessing these shots are from the 70's.

                This aircraft seems to have become the sister-ship to Mark's HA-LFB, being painted in the same green. Does anyone know if she still flies as HA-LFE?

              • Zishelix
                Zishelix commented
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                We were sure you'll like the photos

                The photo was probably taken in late 70's or early 80's.

                Presently HA-LFE, indeed. I wouldn't know whether it's still airworthy.

              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
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                You are most welcome SAVOIA, not only for the Venezeulan photos, its the fantastic amount of effort you put into Aviafora.



            • SA341B RA-05709 (WA1184) in Russia (Photo courtesy of Avia member Kirill)




              RA-1314G in Russia NFI




              SA314G(S) YU-HVZ (cn.1295) as seen at Breda Airport on 25th July 2020


              YU-HWF








              SA341G(S) YU-HWF (cn.1407) as seen at Lisiฤji Jarak Airport in Serbia on 25th July 2020


              RP-C77




              SA341B RP-C77 (WA1208) as seen in the Philippines in 2008




              A digital impression of N901B

              Gaz Memorabilia



              A set of Gazelle cufflinks are currently up for grabs on ebay.

              https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WES...-/293624460229

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              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
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                You have done it again ! wonderful shots of RP-C77 It is amazing how we still manage to find rare shots, I am going to look through my collection at the weekend to see what I have that may not have been seen before !

              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                The thing is there were six or more Gazelles in the Philippines including:

                1) SA341G RP-C224 (cn.1490)
                2) SA341G RP-C341 (cn.1249)
                3) SA342J RP-C342 (cn.1663)
                4) SA341G RP-C787 (cn.1363)
                5) SA341G RP-C1110 (cn.1110)
                6) SA341G RP-C5131 (cn.1775).

                Most of these were delivered new, meaning there is a high probability of some lovely nostalgic photos kicking around the Philippines, perhaps even some with sea, beach and palm tree surroundings! So, this is something I need to follow-up on.

                ๐™„ ๐™–๐™ข ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™„ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™š! โ€” Okay, great. Just bear in mind to keep some shots in store for .. ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜.

              • Helipixman
                Helipixman commented
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                I have lots of helicopter images saved for Shrieking Gazelles II ๐Ÿ˜‰



            • SA341B ZB691 (WA2006) at SPTA in July 2020 (Photo by Philip Stevens)

              Flying as 'Army Air 741'.




              SA341F2 ZU-RNV (cn.1608) as seen at Centurion in Gauteng on 27th July 2020 (Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre)




              Serbian Air Force cadets with SA342 at Pasuljanska Livada training ground in July 2020




              Lezioni di Gazzella DCS in Italiano



              The 342 Phantom lifting-off near St. Petersburg on 27th July 2020

              Gaz Gear




              Phone cover available at: https://www.redbubble.com/i/samsung-...52934397.S4BK2

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              • SA341G(S) G-BZLA (cn.1392) as seen at Silverstone on 5th July 2002 (Photo by Mike Kell)




                SA342L 241 (cn.1854) as seen at Casement Baldonnel in August 1987 (Photo by Derek Gaynor)




                Gazelles at Middle Wallop NFI (Photo by Michael Skinner)

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                • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
                  The thing is there were six or more Gazelles in the Philippines including:

                  1) SA341G RP-C224 (cn.1490)
                  2) SA341G RP-C341 (cn.1249)
                  3) SA342J RP-C342 (cn.1663)
                  4) SA341G RP-C787 (cn.1363)
                  5) SA341G RP-C1110 (cn.1110)
                  6) SA341G RP-C5131 (cn.1775).

                  Number 6) is a 342J not 342G.

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Grazie Stefano! ๐Ÿ‘



                • Monenegrin Air Force SA342 as seen in July 2020




                  SA341G G-SFTF (cn.1262) as seen at Glasgow Prestwick Airport on 5th October 1985 (Photo by John Allan)




                  SA341H HA-LFK (cn.051) as seen in Hungary NFI

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                  • SA341B as seen near Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey in June 1983
                    With our thanks to Philip Amadeus for the use of this photo and who also features in the above shot!




                    SA341F cn.1372 being Christened NFI

                    Per Fabrizio ..


                    A Philippine Air Force Puma being Christened in the early 80's by the 'Shoe Lady'




                    Lebanese Air Force SA342L's as seen in Beirut NFI




                    SA342L RA-0682G's under bridge pass in St. Petersburg in 2018

                    And just in case the Avia member who performed the above flight feels alone ..


                    Savoia .. a few seconds away from taking Bell 206B N2917W beneath San Francisco's Bay Bridge in February 1989
                    (Photo courtesy of Sav's brother Carlo)


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                    • Fabrice
                      Fabrice commented
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                      '๐—ฆ๐—”๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿญ๐—™ ๐—ฐ๐—ป.๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ' .. This is the first Gazelle delivered to the Etain based GALDIV 4, in late 1975.
                      You can find more here:https://www.alat.fr/historique-unite...div-4-ehl.html

                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      '๐™๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ. ๐™๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™—๐™ง๐™ž๐™™๐™œ๐™š๐™จ ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™˜.' โ€” AFAIK you still can in certain parts of the US.

                      '๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ž๐™› ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™™๐™ž๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™ž๐™™๐™œ๐™š!' โ€” Ha ha!

                      '๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—”๐—Ÿ๐——๐—œ๐—ฉ ๐Ÿฐ, ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ.' โ€” Grazie Fabrice! ๐Ÿ‘ I suppose you saw the Puma also?

                    • Fabrice
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                      I suppose you saw the Puma also?
                      Oh yes I did, grazie mile! Pics of the Philippines AF Pumas are not common...



                  • The five Gazelles formerly operated by the Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska have been bought by the Helicopter Unit of Serbia's Ministry of Interior.

                    The first of these Gazelles SA341H cn.037 landed in Serbia on 31st July 2020 wearing the temporary registration YU-HFO.


                    SA341H (cn.037) as seen at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport on 31st July 2020 (Photo by Petar Vojinoviฤ‡)




                    SA341B XX439 (WA1409) as seen at RAF Wildenrath in Germany on 21st October 1981 (Photo by Jonathan Verschuuren)

                    Note the cargo hook and Union Flag on the belly.




                    SA341G N37UP (cn.1224) flying over Marta on the edge of Lake Bolsena on 1st May 2017
                    (Video courtesy of Avia member Liberio)

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                    • SA342M HA-HSG (cn.3615) as seen at Breighton on 1st August 2020 (Photo by Steve Blee)




                      SA341G ZU-ROO (cn.1301) as seen Rand at Airport on 1st August 2020 (Photo by Bruce Perkins)


                      SA342L ZU-RHH (cn.1787) as seen at Rand Airport on 1st August 2020 (Photo by Bruce Perkins)


                      ZU-RNV






                      SA341F2 ZU-RNV (cn.1608) during a visit to Durban on 1st August 2020 (Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre)

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                      • Helipixman
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                        Another great find ZU-ROO. Small correction to caption the C/n is 1301 which makes it another of the ex Mr Crabtree collection HA-LFM !

                      • Savoia
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                        Grazie Elipix! ๐Ÿ‘ Typo on my part, now amended.

                    • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
                      The five Gazelles formerly operated by the Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska have been bought by the Helicopter Unit of Serbia's Ministry of Interior.

                      The first of these Gazelles SA341H cn.037 landed in Serbia on 31st July 2020 wearing the temporary registration YU-HFO.

                      Great find, Enrico.

                      Two of these will become operational, while the remaining three will be used for spares recovery. I have not yet found their identities.

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                      • Savoia
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                        Grazie Jos!

                        I will ask the photographer if he can keep a look out for data plates as they come in.



                    • Two UK Gazelles Cancelled

                      G-EROL SA341G (1108); MW Helicopters; cnx 27-Jul-2020 to Serbia

                      G-ZLLE SA341G (1012); MW Helicopters; cnx 27-Jul-2020 to Serbia

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                      • Savoia
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                        Last week Excel Charter made a small adjustment to their operating name, now Excel Helicopters.

                      • Helipixman
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                        A quick check on companies house shows MW Helicopters as being in Administration. MW Helicopters (Serbia) Ltd was dissolved on 28.1.20. It seems Excel Charters/Helicopters may have changed ownership on 18th June 2020 with new directors and the old one resigned ! Does this signal the end of a long relationship for MW Helicopters and their Gazelles !

                      • Savoia
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                        ๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™– ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ˆ๐™’ ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™‚๐™–๐™ฏ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™จ โ€” Not sure, but I am not entirely surprised that such changes are afoot following Martin's depature.



                    • SA341G N700SH (cn.1154) as seen at Lotenhulle in Belgium on 1st August 2020 (Photo courtesy of Avia member Kurt)




                      SA341B G-BZYD (WA1648) former XZ329 as seen on the Isle of Wight on 26th July 2020 (Photo by Geoff Allan)




                      Egyptian 342L's live fire exercise during Bright Star in September in 2017 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base in Egypt
                      (Photo by Michael Battles)





                      SA341G RA-05706 (WA1802) as seen at Stapleford on 1st August 2020 (Photo by David Stevens)




                      SA341G PT-HFL (cn.1076) as seen 'somewhere' in Belgium in 2017


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