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  • Zishelix
    started a topic Shrieking Gazelles

    Shrieking Gazelles


    This thread is for the appreciation of the SA.341/342 series Gazelle helicopters of which I am an enthusiast.

    Over the years I have collected a considerable amount of material relating to Gazelles, some of which I will be pleased to share here with those who are interested.

    I will be happy to discuss anything relating to the history of the Gazelle (now almost almost 50 years old) as well as anything and everything relating to its operations around the world. I hope to meet other Gazelle enthusiasts along the way!

    Finally, the Gazelle produces a unique sound as a result of a harmonisation which occurs between the fenestron and the main rotor blades. This effect is sometimes known as "shrieking."

  • Zishelix
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    Thanks for this last photo, Sav. I was looking for some similar pic http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=4747#post4747

  • Savoia
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    Gazelle over Skegness, Lincolnshire in October 2018 (Photo by Sean Scott)

    But which Gaz?


    SA341C G-ZZLE (WA1402) ex-XX436 with Westland Wasp as seen at Kemble Airfield on 30th September 2018 (Photo by Bob Symes)


    SA341F2 'BDK' (Photo by Ad Vercruijsse)


    SA342J YU-HES (cn.1057) NFI


    Gazelles over HMS Hermes

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  • Savoia
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    Also reported on Shrieking Gazelles:
    http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=8522#post8522

  • Zishelix
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    Interesting patch from Cyprus, commemorating 30 Yrs of Gazelle in their military forces



    Speaking of Cyprus Gaz, in November last year there was announcement of obtaining four more machines for National Guard
    https://cyprus-mail.com/2017/11/28/h...ational-guard/

    Didn't notice the plans come true so far...

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  • Savoia
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    It's difficult to see exactly what kind of set-up they are using, but I am sure you are right Stefano.

    Speaking of damage to the fuselage, this bird 'also' seems to have a dent on the rear pax door. I say 'also' because I seem to remember one or more Gazelles in past posts having a dent in the same area.

    In Italy we have a dent repair service 'Levabolli' which is good a repairing such things without paint or filler! https://www.levabolliebattilastra.com/

  • md600driver
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    Originally posted by Helipixman View Post

    Originally posted by Savoia View Post
    One observes that they are using a strap across the cabin floor to secure the trapeze. Bell employed a similar arrangement with their very first lifting strop for the 206. Only problem is .. it can send the CofG uncomfortably forward (especially on a stretched bird) and which is probably why there is someone seated behind the driver. It think I would have been inclined to remove the rear doors and put the lifting strap across the cabin floor as far aft as it would go (so that the lifting strop hung down aft of the front skids) - better still would have been something below the mast, but .. the craft doesn't appear to have been fitted with a hook.

    I would have thought that would damage the side of the helicopter if it was a simple strap, I think it must have been a more substantial rigging.

    Surprisingly, the C o G does move that much.

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  • Savoia
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    BosPol


    SA341H E7-AAB (cn.037) engaged in police diver-drop operations in Banja Luka, Bosnia, October 2018

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  • Savoia
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    Ha ha, what a great photo Elipix, bravo!

    Francecopter? I think this may be the first time for this title to appear on the thread, not sure, never heard of Francecopter before.

    One observes that they are using a strap across the cabin floor to secure the trapeze. Bell employed a similar arrangement with their very first lifting strop for the 206. Only problem is .. it can send the CofG uncomfortably forward (especially on a stretched bird) and which is probably why there is someone seated behind the driver. It think I would have been inclined to remove the rear doors and put the lifting strap across the cabin floor as far aft as it would go (so that the lifting strop hung down aft of the front skids) - better still would have been something below the mast, but .. the craft doesn't appear to have been fitted with a hook.

    See page 94 via the link below for a photo of this craft when she flew in the UK as G-SKUL:
    http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=8192#post8192

  • Savoia
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    Lovely shot Zis!

  • Savoia
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    SA341B RA-05709 (WA1184) on the Angara River 150kms SE of Bratsk in Russia on 17th October 2018 (Photos by Kirill)

    On Wednesday 17th October, Avia member Kirill took the Cyrilcraft (aka '709') 150 kms southeast of Bratsk in the province of Irkutsk in Russia, for the purpose of dropping-off a spare part required for a logging operation.

    In these photos, 709 is seen having landed on a barge in the Angara River while delivering the part.

    With our thanks to Kirill for these photos!

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  • Zishelix
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    Flashback on the Gazelle 50th Anniversary Commemorative Fly-in at Middle Wallop April 7th, 2017 (Photo: Paul Longshaw)

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  • Zishelix
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    Many thanks for this photo, Helipix! I saw many pics of other helicopters with trapeze artists and wondered how come nobody got idea to use Gazelle for such performance. Now I see F-GFEB did it

  • Helipixman
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    It's amazing the lengths some people will go to for a Gazelle flight !



    Photo: Helipixman Collection

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  • Helipixman
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    Its third owner was Association Rotor Club Alpin 8.3.90

  • Zishelix
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    Rotor Club Alpin

  • Savoia
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    Zis, this must surely be connected with some sort of testing for the missile sight.

  • Savoia
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    And there's even a light dusting of snow on the hills!

    Any idea of the name beneath the 'Rotor Club' wording?

  • Zishelix
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    Since it's too early for posting Snow Gazelles, here's another one of Sav's favourite themes - Yellow Gaz!


    SA341G F-GEHE s/n. 1170


    One more pic of the same machine here

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  • Zishelix
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    Hopefuly someday our French friends will 'discover' this thread and help us to solve this and other Gazelle mysteries


  • Savoia
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    Having enquired, one suggestion is that it is a tactical simulation kit which you shoot at with a laser. When it is shot at, the light on top of the unit illuminates and the light circle indicates which aperture was hit, revealing the relative direction of the hit.

  • Zishelix
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    1285/BSI was a test bed machine for various equipment and armament, but I have no clue about this stuff purpose. Maybe for calibration of the polyvalent tube?

    Great and rare pics, Helipix. Much appreciate!

  • Helipixman
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    I am currently going through my thousands of Gazelle images and found this interesting equipment, it's on both sides of the Gazelle and what seems to be a control box inside - any ideas what it is ?

    Its on an ALAT Gazelle FM-BSI c/n 1285







    Helipixman Collection

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  • Savoia
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    Ah .. once again .. Elipix pulling rare photos from the depths of his commendable collection!

  • Savoia
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    Lovely shots Elipix, bravo!

  • Savoia
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    Grazie Elipix!

  • Helipixman
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    I-OLLY Here is another shot of this Gazelle in all white complete with Jolly Club titles and Eli Dolomiti on mast housing.

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  • Helipixman
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    A couple of shots of E7-VDH Soko Gazelle (060) ex YU-HFL, Jrv12817. NFI



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  • Savoia
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    Always nice to see, but just to let you know .. the 'Snow Gazelles' (for the past few years) have begun on or around 20th December in the days immediately running-up to Christmas - so hopefully you will still have one or two remaining for then!

  • Zishelix
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    One more for Sav's favorite Snow Gazelle section

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