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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."

  • Savoia
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    Grazie Zis! πŸ‘

  • Savoia
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    Very nice Zis! πŸ‘

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    SA342M F-MGEK (cn.4216) as seen at AΓ©rodrome de Millau-Larzac on 17th October 2021 (Photo by Pierre)




    SA342L ZU-RMW (cn.1427) as seen at Warmbaths Airfield in Bela-Bela, Limpopo on 9th October 2021 (Photo by Gary Shephard)


    SA341C ZU-HBH (WA1418) as seen in South Africa in 2016 NFI (Photo by Simon McDonnell)




    Mini-gun Gaz fly-by





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    ALAT Gazelle on board a carrier NFI

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  • Zishelix
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    Hello JJL, welcome aboard!

    You can see some pics of the mentioned machines here:

    ZU-ROC post no. 2372 http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=6894#post6894
    ZU-RTB post no. 2856 http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=8308#post8308

  • Jensen Jordan Lubowa
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    Do you have photos of ZU-ROC ? Or ZU-RTB?

  • Rotorspot
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    The Lynx is an AH7, registration G-NCKS, c/n 047, ex XZ179.

  • Savoia
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    SA341G ZU-ROO (cn.1301) as seen at Mossel Bay Airfield in October 2021 (Photo by Rudie Barnard)


    SA342L ZU-RMW (cn.1427) as seen at Warmbaths Airfield in Bela-Bela, Limpopo in October 2021
    With thanks to Avia reader 'DG' for the above photo of RMW. Grazie amico!




    French Forces Complete Exercise Cormoran 21

    The two-week military exercise involving cooperation between the French armed forces has been completed.

    The exercise involved 1,500 personnel and employed six Tiger attack helicopters, six NH90 and two Puma transport helicopters as well as ten Gazelle reconnaissance helicopters.

    https://news.usni.org/2021/10/18/fre...s-from-the-sea




    The '342 Phantom' performing a fly-by
    near St. Petersburg in October 2021


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  • Savoia
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    SA341D G-CBKA (WA1746) as seen at Duxford on 16th October 2021 (Photo by David Whitworth)




    Gulf War Gazelle NFI (Photo by D. Lauvergeon)

    Above photo courtesy of Jakub.








    Gazelle brochures currently up for grabs:

    https://www.ebay.it/itm/203651054602...8AAOSwHaBWkvpq

    https://www.ebay.it/itm/362238034705...YAAOSwpw1afy-U

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  • Savoia
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    Greetings to you Ian.

    The aircraft in the photo is ZU-RNB which is a former Ecuadorian Army SA342L.

  • Ian
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    Can anyone assist me please?

    I have seen a Gazelle for sale in South Africa, but I am unable to identify the aircraft's registration.

    Any clues?

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  • Rotorspot
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    EC-309 is a Spanish temporary registration, mainly used for testing purposes.

  • Savoia
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    SA341D G-RBIL (WA1199) as seen at Duxford on 14th October 2021 (Photo by David Whitworth)




    SA341B ZB671 (WA1958) as seen at Middle Wallop on 14th October 2021





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  • Savoia
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    Grazie Elipix! πŸ‘

    Great stuff, would be lovely to see one of the earlier Lynx flying again. Do you happen to know if his Lynx is the AH7 recently delivered to North Weald, ie. XZ678?

  • Savoia
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    To me it appears to read Brent Walker (as per Michael's comment of Avia's FB page) and the name at the bottom seems to begin with Fali .. or Fari .. or something similar. However, the image breaks up when magnified so it could be something entirely different!

  • Savoia
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    Grazie Jos! πŸ‘

    EC-309, is that a civilian designation?

  • Rotorspot
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    Zishelix wrote:

    "Sure, this is briefly what I have about #1057: Produced as SA341G; 1973 CF-GCE ; 1979 N9042U; 1987 C-GEJE; upgraded to SA342J; 1989 EC-EQU; 2003 F-GOSO & 2004 YU-HES."

    A couple of additions to this history:

    Firstly, while being N9042U, there was a reservation for N341NA, but this was not taken up, exact date unknown.

    Secondly, before becoming EC-EQU, she was temporarily registered as EC-309, exact date unknown. This probably has to do with the conversion.

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  • Helipixman
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    First time I have seen G-UTZY with the logo on the tail, difficult to see what it says - possibly peter Walker but cannot read the part at the bottom ?

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    G-CBKA New Owner Registered

    G-CBKA was officially registered to it's new owner, Graham Paul Hinkley, on 12.10.21.

    Graham is starting to put together a collection of ex-military helicopters. He already has a Lynx and a Scout.

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  • Helipixman
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    Also a new one for me - not seen that scheme before -great addition.

  • Savoia
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    SA341G(S) G-UTZY (cn.1307) as seen at Battersea in 1987 (Photo by Ibrahim Ahmet)



    Iraqi Gazelles NFI




    HA-LFX landing at Hungaroring
    on 31st July 2011

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  • Jensen Jordan Lubowa
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    What is a G (s)?

  • Savoia
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    SA341F2 F-MGQZ (cn.1718) NFI




    SA342L QA-08 NFI (Photo by P. Steinemann)

    With thanks to Avia member Jakub for the above photo.




    SA341B G-BZYD (WA1648) as seen
    near Beachy Head in East Sussex
    on 12th October 2021


    It's been a while since we heard from Carlo, but I hope he is keeping well.





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  • Savoia
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    I still only have preliminary information for that accident: http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2021/0...lle-n342j.html

  • Savoia
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    Grazie Zis! πŸ‘ It would be a fine thing if we could one day track down some photos of CF-GCE during her time with Pegasus.

  • Zishelix
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    Thanks for posting the accident report on N505HA.

    Speaking of #1708, do we have similar document of her accident from June 2020?
    http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...2474#post12474

  • Zishelix
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    Dominion Pegasus Helicopter Ltd. situated in King City, Ontario CA

  • Savoia
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    SA341B XZ290 (WA1489) as seen at Belfast Airport in October 2021 (Photo by Dimitri Kuznecovas)




    SA342's in Egypt NFI




    SA342J D-HOPO (1708) +1 as seen at Aeromecanic in Marignane NFI




    Accident Report Now Published

    The Belgian Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) final report on the crash of Belgaz N505HA on 5th September 2018 has now been published: https://mobilit.belgium.be/sites/def...nal_report.pdf

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  • Savoia
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    Ah, so she is YU-HES, very interesting. Do you happen to know the company/individual to whom this aircraft was delivered in 1973 when she flew as CF-GCE?
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