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  • My 'Flashback Friday' contribution:

    Rare Kenyan Air Force SA342L c/n 1884 KAF-402.

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Grazie Zis! ๐Ÿ‘



  • SA341G G-LOYD (cn.1289) as seen at Burnaston Airport in Derby in the 1980's (Photo by Alan Meloy)

    Seen here wearing the titles 'Apollo Manufacturing (Derby) Ltd. Precision Engineers'.




    ZU-RED coastal flight from Port St. Johns to Port Elizabeth in South Africa

    Forward to 3:18 to watch flying segment.

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    • Helipixman
      Helipixman commented
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      I wonder where G-LOYD is ? have not seen any reports of her anywhere since the CofA expired in 2008, not reported at Breighton or Bourne Park ? Just wonder if Mr Crabtree has a secret stash of Gazelles and spares somewhere else ?

    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      I thought you established previously that she had 'become one' with N700SH?



  • SA342MV F-MGAV 3964 (cn.1964) being loaded aboard an Antonov An124 in October 2012




    SA341B ZB691 (WA2006) as seen at Gloucester Staverton on 9th September 2020 (Photo by Matt Belcher)




    SA341D ZB625 (WA1905) as seen at SPTA on 7th June 2017 (Photo by Glen Pardoe)

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      '๐™Ž๐˜ผ342๐™ˆ๐™‘ ๐™-๐™ˆ๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‘ 3964 (๐™˜๐™ฃ.1964) ๐™—๐™š๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™–๐™™๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ซ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ124 ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™Š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง 2012: ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™›๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐˜ผ๐™›๐™œ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ.' โ€” Grazie mille Fabrizio! ๐Ÿ‘

      '๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™š๐™–๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ, ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐˜ผ๐˜ผ๐˜พ ๐™‚๐™–๐™ฏ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š?' โ€” According to the Gaz Squad, British Army Gazelles served in Afghanistan in 2002 during Operation Fingal and between 2006-2014 during Operation Herrick. http://www.gazellesquadron.co.uk/about/westland-gazelle

    • Fabrice
      Fabrice commented
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      Indeed, the Gazelle squadron website is one of the sources I was referring about, but I'm surprised that no picture of BAG in Afghanistan has ever surfaced.

    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Let me make some enquiries Fabrizio!

  • Originally posted by Zishelix View Post
    My 'Flashback Friday' contribution:

    Rare Kenyan Air Force SA342L c/n 1884 KAF-402.


    Thanks for this most interesting picture, Zis. In fact this is SA342K c/n 1394. This particular helicopter was w/o on 07-Mar-1978.

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    • Zishelix
      Zishelix commented
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      You're right, I also have 'KAF 402' as c/n 1394 (mistype in previous post) but looks like it had #1384 on the tail



      Then again, c/n 1384 is SA341F N497MM so probably it's just poor quality of the photo I have



  • SA342L ZU-RNB (cn.1881) as seen at Wonderboom Airport in South Africa on 12th September 2020 (Photo by Andre Venter)




    SA341B ZB691 (WA2006) as seen at SPTA on 1st June 2020 (Photo by Charles Cunliffe)




    SA341D XX406 (WA1344) as seen at RAF Lindholme on 27th Jul 1977 (Photo by Ian Howat)


    YR-BOS


    SA341H YR-BOS (cn.008) as seen at Deva Airport in Romania on 8th October 2018 (Photo by Ian Grove)




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    • Originally posted by Helipixman View Post
      I wonder where G-LOYD is ? have not seen any reports of her anywhere since the CofA expired in 2008, not reported at Breighton or Bourne Park ? Just wonder if Mr Crabtree has a secret stash of Gazelles and spares somewhere else ?

      G-LOYD was painted during the lockdown. I wouldnโ€™t say secret. But definitely yes.

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Ah well, there you go Elipix! You've been wondering about this craft for a long time now, so hopefully this will assist in keeping your 'Gaz Tracker' up-to-date.

        I wonder what colour G-LOYD is now?



    • SA341F2 F-MBYG 4189 as seen at ร‰tain-Rouvres in May 1991

      Jakub, did the French use the same three-stripe Gulf War markings, if so then this could be another bird for your collection.




      SA342L1 as seen at Paphos Air Base on 10th November 2018




      SA341G(S) G-OGAZ (cn.1274) as seen at Manchester Airport on 28th June 2002 (Photo by Lee Archer)

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      • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
        Ah well, there you go Elipix! You've been wondering about this craft for a long time now, so hopefully this will assist in keeping your 'Gaz Tracker' up-to-date.

        I wonder what colour G-LOYD is now?

        Subaru blue. I bought enough for 5 airframes.

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        • Savoia
          Savoia commented
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          Okay, like HA-LFQ.

      • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
        Okay, like HA-LFQ.

        Yes, like FQ, FM, 682, 1663, 451.

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        • F-GFEB NFI



          And the same one with another c/s: http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=1818#post1818

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Nice one Zis. ๐Ÿ‘



        • SA341D G-CBSI XZ934 (WA1736) as seen at Northrepps Airfield on 14th September 2020 (Photo by David Moth)




          SA342MV F-MGCG as seen in the French Alps region during 'Exercise Baccarat' in September 2020 (Photo courtesy of 5eRHC)




          SA342J YU-HET (cn.1204) as seen at Gloucester Staverton on 10th July 2014

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          • Gazelle Memorabilia

            A vintage Gazelle promo leaflet:



            Btw, F-WIEP wasn't painted yellow but overall white, but this is a vintage leaflet and the colour has probably changed!

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            • SA341G(S) N71FR (cn.1274) as seen over Gorda Island in the BVI on 15th September 2020
              (Photo courtesy of Avia member Stephen W.)





              SA341B at Middle Wallop in August 2014 (Photo by Martin Sutton)




              SA342J YU-HES (cn.1057) as seen at Shoreham Airport on 5th September 2020 (Photo by Stephen Duquemin)




              Montenegro Receives First Gazelle Replacement

              The Vojska Crne Gora (VCG, Montenegro Armed Forces) have received their first Gazelle replacement training aircraft, a Bell 505 and which occurred on 15th September 2020. The technical acceptance took place in July 2020 at Bell's facility Prague while the delivery of a second Bell 505 is scheduled for January 2021.



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              • Zishelix
                Zishelix commented
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                'That' is a replacement for their Gazelles?!

                Excuse my subjective remark

              • xbdt
                xbdt commented
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                They wont be happy with that thing (read: POS) :-)

            • Another one Gazelle leaflet from early 1970's



              Vought Helicopter Corp. promo material with demo machine #1003 (F-OCRX) on the photos
              https://www.vought.org/special/html/shelicopter.html


              Very Low Flying Gazelle!


              (See from 3:11 to 3:16 especially!)

              Quite good piloting skills. Let's hope 'the rider' would always have such a lucky day in the air
              Last edited by Zishelix; 18th September 2020, 13:25.

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              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                Lovely Zis! ๐Ÿ‘

              • xbdt
                xbdt commented
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                I have a complete wire strike kit for gazelle if interested ๐Ÿค“



            • Mystery Gazelle RF-14009




              Gazelle flown by Avia member Sergey




              BATUS Gazelle Visits Bomber Command Museum in Canada


              SA341B ZA736 (WA1805) as seen at the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Alberta on 10th September 2020

              On Thursday 10th September a Gazelle from BATUS visited the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Alberta, Cananda. Three members of BATUS arrived with the Gazelle while a further fifteen came by road to participate in a four-hour tour of the museum led by museum vice-president Dan Fox together with the assistance of museum directors Doug Eaglesham and Karl Kjarsgaard.

              Following the tour, the soldiers from BATUS were treated to an al fresco lunch during which Capt. Julius Coventry made a presentation to the museum.

              Of the visit, museum director Karl Kjarsgaard said: "A great day was had by all involved as we continue to strengthen the bonds of goodwill between Canada and the UK. Today we especially remembered the costly sacrifice made by members of the British, Commonwealth and Canadian forces who helped achieve an allied victory which purchased the freedoms we enjoy today."




              I think this is from the Trucks and Firepower meeting at Dunchurch on 30th August

              The more I think about it, the more I am convinced Stefano must have some Italian blood in him.

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              • SA342MV as seen in Marne, France in 2013




                SA341B XX379 (WA1261) as seen at RAF Jurby Head on the Isle of Man on 29th May 1977 (Photo by Ian Howat)

                RAF Jurby Head was an air weapons range located on the north west coast of the Isle of Man.




                SA342L ZU-RNB (cn.1881) as seen at Wonderboom Airport in South Africa on 12th September 2020 (Photo by Andre Venter)

                With both Zis and Elipix favouring traditional paint schemes, ZU-RNB's tribute to a classic Aรฉrospatiale design must surely have been a welcome choice. It will interesting to see if any future Gaz owners will do something similar.

                Sav's Styling Comments: I think if you are going to go for skid fairings then, if possible, also go for a fenestron driveshaft cover and fenestron hubcap, because these go together as part of the 'civvie fit'. Also, I think RNB would benefit from having the skids painted the same colour as the skid fairings. And finally, my pet hate (of course you know it) if you can't cover the battery, then at least paint the instrument panel pedestal matte black. Have you seen across our pages these instrument pedestal sides appearing in different colours to match the aircraft exterior? I really don't care for it so much, but each to their own. While I recognise that black is a fairly popular colour on aircraft and cars, it isn't really my favourite but when it comes to instrument panels then black is the way to go, although there are some nice options other than black when it comes to the facia, but that is for another time.

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                • Zishelix
                  Zishelix commented
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                  Congrats to the owner for choosing one of the classic Gaz c/s for his bird! Hopefully he'd also consider to ad one more detail - a genuine 'Gazelle' lettering on it's tail. I can gladly help with a drawing, if needed

              • 2003 Tiger Gaz

                SA342M 3964/BYB in Tiger livery back in 2003



                And the detail from it's tail fin

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                • SA342M F-MGCD as seen at Aรฉrodrome de Grenoble-Le Versoud on 20th September 2020 during Exercise Baccarat
                  (Photo by Romain Baheu)



                  SA342MV + 3 during Exercise Baccarat in France, September 2020




                  SA341B G-BZYD (WA1648) ex-XZ329 as seen at Shoreham Airport on 20th September 2020 (Photo by Piers Hulford)




                  SA341F2 ZU-RNV (cn.1608) as seen at Akwaaba Wildlife Park, in Rustenburg, South Africa on 19th September 2020
                  (Photo courtesy of Avia member Jean-Pierre)




                  SA342L ZU-RMX (cn.1887) as seen at
                  Wonderboom on 20th September 2020

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                  • SA342M F-MGCD 4161 as seen at Aรฉrodrome Grenoble-Le Versoud on 17th September 2020 (Photo by Laurent Quรฉritรฉ)

                    As seen during Exercise Baccarat 2020.




                    SA341C G-SWWM (WA1033) ex-XW853 as seen at Blackbushe Airport on 8th April 2007 (Photo by Michael Duffield)

                    Anyone for swimming?




                    SA341H YU-HEH (cn.011) as seen at Silverstone in July 2003 (Photo by Bill Teasdale)

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                    • Two Gazelles Cancelled from USA Register

                      N281GZ, SA341F2, 1281; 04-Sep-2020
                      N341L, SA341G, 1263; 16-Sep-2020

                      Fates still unknown.

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

                      • Zishelix
                        Zishelix commented
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                        Thanks for info, Jos!

                    • I came across this small and dull image of WA341G's QP1 & QP2 sitting on the Battersea tarmac prior to their delivery to the Qatar Police.



                      http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...2304#post12304

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                      • Helipixman
                        Helipixman commented
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                        An excellent find Zis, where did you find it ? Now we need to find a large copy ?



                    • SA341D G-VOIP (WA1792) as seen in Brentwood, Essex NFI




                      SA341B XX379 (WA1261) as seen at East Midlands Castle Donington Airport on 24th February in 1975 (Photo by Mick Bajcar)




                      SA341G N341ZL (cn.1262) as seen in California in September 2020

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                      • F-GEHC

                        SA341G(S) F-GEHC (#1417) NFI

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                      • 4e rรฉgiment d'hรฉlicoptรจres des forces spรฉciales NFI




                        SA341B XX380 (WA1268) as seen at RNAS Yeovilton in 1986 (Photo by Stuart Mitchell)




                        Avia Member Launches New Gazelle Spares Resource

                        Check out Avia member XB's new Gaz Spares website here.
                        We are so proud of you XB bravo, you've done a great job!

                        I shall add this info to our Gaz Spares page.

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                        • Zishelix
                          Zishelix commented
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                          Well done, XB!

                        • Helipixman
                          Helipixman commented
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                          Yes well done XB.

                          I think there is also a large spares source in the UK with another member on here ?



                      • SA341G N1831A c/n 1200 seen in August 2003

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                        • SA341G(S) G-TURP (1455) as seen at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire c.1989 (Photo by Graeme Lovell)






                          SA342M's F-MGCD with F-MGEZ as seen at Aรฉrodrome de Grenoble-Le Versoud in September 2020 (Photo by Romain Baheu)

                          Seen participating in Exercise Baccarat.


                          Elipix wrote: I think there is also a large spares source in the UK with another member on here ?
                          There are two Avia members whose spare parts and Gazelle-related services are permanently advertised on the GazMart and we will do the same for any other Avia member who has legitimate Gazelle-related services to offer.

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                          • EHA3 SA342M as seen in Mailly, France in 1986 (Photo by Lionel Walas)




                            Royal Navy Sharks over Culdrose in 1979

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                            • One more Gazelle Cancelled from USA Register

                              N9334W, SA341F2, 1575; 21-Sep-2020

                              Fate still unknown.

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                              • Savoia
                                Savoia commented
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                                Grazie Jos! ๐Ÿ‘

                            • Thanks for info, Jos!

                              Another one to South Africa I guess http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...0878#post10878

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                              • Unidentified Film Gazelle

                                Is anyone able to help identify a 'stretched' Gazelle used for filming 'The Fourth War' movie in 1990?




                                See 1:22 & 1:33 in the trailer

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                                • Zishelix
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                                  I investigate a little bit - Since the movie was filmed at locations in Canada (Alberta) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099606...?ref_=tt_dt_dt and one of 'stretched' C-regd Gazelles there at the time was Northland Helicopters Alberta's C-GXTW, makes me to believe it was c/n 1410! I wonder if the present N901B owner can confirm this my assumption
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