About the Gazelle Squadron
The Gazelle Squadron Display Team currently perform as a two aircraft flying display team at airshows across the United Kingdom, and provide other aircraft for static display. In future years, we plan to increase our flying display to three, four, then five Gazelle helicopters, making us the largest civilian owned display team in the world.
Based at our private airfield near to Hurstbourne Tarrant in Hampshire, supported by CAA approved maintenance organisation Falcon Aviation Ltd, we maintain a fleet of former military Westland Gazelle helicopters from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines (Commandos) and Army Air Corps.
The team adheres to a traditional military structure. All personnel are civilian and many are experienced former military pilots, engineers and ground crew, most of whom performed with the Royal Navy's Sharks and the Army Air Corps' Eagles display teams. The Gazelle Squadron Display Team is grouped in to four "flights":
- A Flight is the 'air display flight'
- B Flight is 'badger flight' and flies the helicopters to and from venues for static display
- C Flight is the 'customer flight' and is for those Falcon Aviation customers who have their own aircraft in original military markings and display them as part of the Squadron
- G Flight is the 'ground crew flight' and is made up of both former military and civilian volunteers who help maintain and support the aircraft