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  • SA341G ZU-RLU (1097) as seen at Durban Virginia Airport on 8th September 2023
    (Photo by Brian Spurr)





    SA342MV F-MCXF as seen in 2005 NFI

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    • 665 Squadron Farewell Flights

      On 10, 11 and 12 October 2023, three-ship farewell flights are planned by Army Air Corps (AAC) 665 squadron (JHC FS Aldergrove) across the United Kingdom. It is planned that Gazelles XZ320, ZA775 and ZB690 will be used for these flights.


      SA341B ZB690 (WA2003) as seen at ManBart on 16th June 2023 (Photo by Simon Willson)

      Upon completion of these flights, the three helicopters will head for Fleetlands on 12 October 2023. There they will join other former 665 squadron Gazelle helicopters, including ZB665 and ZB693 which arrived on 3 October pending disposal.

      Once 665 squadron has retired its Gazelle helicopters, only 7Regt Conversion Flight at AAC Middle Wallop will operate a handful of Gazelles. About half a dozen Gazelles are used by this unit for pilot training, a sad number compared to the total of 212 of this type which were delivered to the Army Air Corps.
      https://www.scramble.nl/military-new...dron-swan-song

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Grazie Ian e Zis!๐Ÿ‘

      • Ian
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        Wednesday 11th. 10am Shawbury, 10.25 Hereford (SAS barracks?), Abbey Wood, 11.15 Brize Norton,
        1pm Duxford, Wattisham,
        3.15 pm QE2 bridge, VRPM3 Jct 3 4.05 Middle Wallop

      • Ian
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        Thursday 12th, 10am Middle Wallop, 10.30 RNAS Yeovilton, 11.30 Vector Fleetlands



    • Wendy Wills with SA341B VH-OIX (WA1351) former XX409 as seen at Wilkins Airfield in Jamestown, South Australia on 8th October 2023 (Photo by Sandy Horne)




      Serbian 50 Year Gazelle Anniversary



      This commemorative Serbian Air Force '50 Year Gazelle Anniversary' patch is available to order via email: aviation.icarus@gmail.com

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      • Kuwaiti Police

        SA342L c/n 1339 KAF 512 used by the Kuwait Police






        Another image of WA341D ZU-HGZ c/n WA1728 in South Africa NFI

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        • SA341G #1271 G-GAZZ in the movie '28 Weeks Later' (2007)






          SA342MV's F-MGBW (2142) with F-MGCJ (4179) as seen at Gioia del Colle Air Base in Italy on 10th October 2023
          (Photo: Davide Olivati)






          SA342M F-MGED (4208) as seen at Aรฉrodrome Melun-Villaroche on 10th September 2023

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          • SA342MV F-MGCJ (4179) as seen at Base Aerea di Gioia del Colle in Italia on 8th October 2023 (Photo: Kelvin Sullivan)



            Snow Gazelles in Autumn

            Interesting photo taken in USA or Canada probably in the 1980's.

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          • Gazelle Updates

            G-CMNA SA341G, c/n 1286, cancelled 05-Oct-2023 on export to the USA.

            โ€‹N657GZ SA341F2, c/n 1657, changed ownership 04-Oct-2023 to GLOBAL AVIATION MANAGEMENT INC, WELLINGTON (FL)


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            • Savoia
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              Grazie Jos! ๐Ÿ‘



          • SA341G C-GEML (1017) as seen at Wandering River, Alberta in 1985




            SA341F2 ZU-RLD (1659) as seen landing in South Africa

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            • SA341G N505HA (1022) as seen at Knokke Heliport in Knokke-Heist, Belgium on 21st September 2023

              505's titles seem to have changed from 'Dynali Technical Support' to 'Dreamz Concepts'.





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              • SA341F2 N341F (1482) as seen at Georgetown-Scott Airport, Kentucky in October 2023




                SA341B XZ313 (WA1582) as seen at Flugplatz Aigen im Ennstal in Austria on 9th August 2002 (Photo by Michiel van Herten)

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                • SA341B ZB674 (WA1967) as seen at Leicester Airport on 4th October 2023 (Photo by Brad Simpson)




                  SA342MV F-MGCJ (4179) as seen at Aรฉroport de Dole on 14th October 2023 (Photo by Yanis Oudard)

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                  • SA342M OO-XDT (4103) as seen at Oostmalle Airfield on 20th August 2023 (Photo by Jef Pets)




                    G-UNNS landing at Elstree

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                    • SA341H 12611 (003) as seen in Mostar in 1984 during the filming of the French TV series 'La Chasse aux Tresors' (Treasure Hunt)




                      SA342M F-MGAR (3938) as seen at Aรฉroport de Lyon-Bron on 8th October 2023 (Photo by Campbell McGhee)

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                      • SA341G G-BBHW (WA1098) as seen at Farnborough on 8th September 1978 (Photo by P. Gauthier)



                        SA341C XZ940 (WA1757) as seen at Aberdeen in the 1980's (Photo by Graham Innes)

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                        • Question for XB, please could you explain if this will have any impact on Gaz owners:

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                          • xbdt
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                            No impact on the gazelle owners. The only gaz engine from the list is Astazou IIIC2 but these did not had a TC anyway.

                          • Savoia
                            Savoia commented
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                            Okay, grazie XB.

                          • Jensen Jordan Lubowa
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                            I was told IIIC2 is similar to IIIN2, it this right?
                            Also, IIIC2 is for SA341F2, does that mean they won't fly again?



                        • SA342L 241 (1854) as seen at Baldonnel Aerodrome on 25th April 1996

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                          • Zishelix
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                            241 at Baldonnel on July 21st, 2005 (Photo: Frank Grealish)


                          • Savoia
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                            Nice one Zis. I don't think this can be Baldonnel though, as I have flown past Baldonnel many times and it is located to the west of Dublin (ie. not next to the sea) so this must be somewhere else.

                        • Sunset Gaz

                          Wishing a nice weekend to all our members.

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                          • Savoia
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                            Grazie Zis! ๐Ÿ‘



                        • Army Air Corps Gazelle Retirement

                          Today the final AAC Gazelle fly-by takes place to celebrate the retirement of the type:

                          To celebrate the distinguished service history of the Gazelle helicopter, and mark its withdrawal from service at the end of this month, 5 Regt AAC will be conducting a final fly past through the UK next Monday 23rd October 2023.

                          The farewell flight will be departing from, stopping at or overflying, UK locations that have played an important role across the Gazelleโ€™s service.

                          The Aรฉrospatiale/Westlands Gazelle entered service 6 July 1974 and has provided valiant service to UK Defence in the UK including Northern Ireland; Germany, Hong Kong, Falklands, Iraq, Kosovo, Canada, Kenya, Belize and Cyprus.

                          The Gazelle has, at one time or another, served in every arm of the UK Armed Forces in training, reconnaissance, battlefield communication, direction of artillery fire, casualty evacuation and anti-tank roles.
                          https://armyaircorps.co.uk/aac-news/...o-the-gazelle/

                          Farewell 'Whistling Chicken Leg', youโ€™ll be missed!

                          Today's fly-by schedule, courtesy of the Gazelle Squadron:

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



                        • The End of an Era


                          SA341B ZB679 (WA1982) as seen at Battersea on 6th October 2022

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                          • A long waited day has finally came! Expectations exceeded, well done Fabrice!



                            For those who still hesitate, hurry up and get your copy, it's every cent/penny worth
                            https://www.avions-bateaux.com/produit/lela-presse/5305

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                            • Savoia
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                              Bravo Fabrizio, we are so proud of you! ๐Ÿ‘

                            • md600driver
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                              Does anyone know where I can get this in the uk ? I tried a few places but none has any



                          • SA342MV F-MGBW as seen at Aรฉrodrome de La Fertรฉ-Alais on 27th May 2023 (Photo by Sรฉbastien Locatelli)




                            Highlights from Yesterday's Army Air Corps Farewell Flight


                            SA341B XZ320 (WA1613) as seen landing at ManBart on 23rd October 2023 (Photo by Phil Childs)


                            BAG's at ManBart (Manchester Barton) yesterday


                            BAG's landing at ManBart

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                            • SA341H HA-LFW (096) as seen in Budapest, Hungary NFI




                              SA341B XW908 (WA1217) as seen at Duxford on 8th July 2005 (Photo by Stuart Mitchell)

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                              • More Highlights from Monday's 'Final Flight of the Gazelle'


                                SA341B ZA772 (WA1814) as seen betwixt Aldergrove and Fleetlands on 23rd October 2023 (Photo by Stewart Marshall)


                                Farewell Flight as seen at Middle Wallop
                                (Video courtesy of Fabrizio vis Zis)



                                Farewell Flight summary
                                on Forces News

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                                • Remaining Army Air Corps Gazelles

                                  With all the AAC 665 Squadron Gazelles from Aldergrove having been retired to Fleetlands, this leaves only AAC 7 Regiment Conversion Flight, Middle Wallop operating the type with the following cabs ...

                                  XW846, XW847, XZ326, ZB674, ZB691

                                  So I think that is it, only 5 left.

                                  Updates and corrections welcome.

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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Grazie Elipix! ๐Ÿ‘

                                  • Savoia
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                                    ๐‘จ ๐’”๐’‚๐’… ๐’˜๐’†๐’†๐’Œ.

                                    ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’†๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘,๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฐ ๐’‹๐’๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’“๐’•-๐’–๐’‘ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’›๐’†๐’๐’๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’…๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† '๐‘ฌ๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’‘' ๐’‚๐’• ๐’€๐’†๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’; ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’˜๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’†-๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’…๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’Ž๐’Š-๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’๐’†๐’… ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’›๐’†๐’๐’๐’†๐’”, ๐’”๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’–๐’… ๐‘จ๐’—๐’Š๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’.

                                    ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’‘๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’‚๐’•๐’„๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’„๐’„๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’”๐’• ๐‘จ๐’“๐’Ž๐’š ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’›๐’†๐’๐’๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’•๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’• ๐’Š๐’ ๐’€๐’†๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’. ๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’˜๐’ ๐’‰๐’–๐’๐’…๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’›๐’†๐’๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’š๐’‘๐’†๐’”, ๐’–๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’…๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’‡๐’†๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐‘พ๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’๐’-๐’”๐’–๐’‘๐’†๐’“-๐‘ด๐’‚๐’“๐’†.

                                    ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’„๐’“๐’‚๐’‡๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’…, ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’Š๐’, ๐’‡๐’๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’Œ ๐’‚๐’•.

                                    ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’”๐’‚๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’„๐’“๐’‚๐’‡๐’•, ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐’‡๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ด๐’๐‘ซ. ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’ ๐’‰๐’๐’‘๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’“๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Œ๐’†๐’†๐’‘ ๐’‡๐’๐’š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ.

                                    ๐‘ช๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’๐’



                                • Finning Tractor โ€‹SA341G CF-EMF (1058) as seen in Canada c.1973

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                                  • Educational video material for Yugoslav AF helicopter pilots showing the capabilities of armed Gazelles.

                                    The title 'Laki borbeni helikopteri u protiv oklopnoj borbi' means 'Lightweight armed helicopters in Anti-Armor combat'


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                                    • SA341B ZB690 (WA2003) as seen on the Isle of Man on 26th October 2023 (Photo by Philip Pain)

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                                      • SA341C G-CBKD (WA1130) as seen at Conington Airfield, Peterborough on 22nd October 2023 (Photo by Phil Melia)

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                                        • Does anyone know which was the last Gazelle delivered to the UK military?

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                                          • Savoia
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                                            I think Elipix either knows or is able to find out.

                                          • Helipixman
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                                            The last serial used by the military was ZB693 on an AH.1 for AAC, construction no. WA2009 so a very likely candidate. Will have to check with my records, as always not with me so a weekend check to be done. I do know it was taken to Fleetlands way back in 2021. The one before this ZB692 I believe is with Mr Crabtree ?

                                          • Savoia
                                            Savoia commented
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                                            Grazie Elipix! ๐Ÿ‘

                                            The only comment I would add is that some records show that ZB693 was only demobbed this month to Fleetlands. We have featured her on the forum (flying) as recently as August at ManBart (Manchester Barton).



                                        • SA341GC I-PNIC (002) as seen at Eurotech Caiolo, Sondrio in October 2023 (Photo by Gianluca Galli)

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