Co-incidentally the Raven Display Team were also using Pembrey to practise their very impressive routine in their privately owned Van RV's and a chance comment at breakfast on Sunday led to the concept of us getting together for some combined aerial formation work.
On Sunday 14th June 2020 The Gazelle Squadron said goodbye to Bourne Park, our happy home for the past 7 years. Unfortunately we were obliged to move by circumstances beyond our control and were disappointed and sad at having to go.
Nonetheless we now have a new home, which, when we are fully established will lead us into the next chapter of our adventures.
We're undoubtedly living through unprecedented times and naturally everyone in the Squadron would like to extend their thoughts and best wishes to all of those adversely affected by the Corona virus pandemic.
Unsurprisingly the airshow season has been decimated and our programme has been similarly adversely affected, nonetheless work continues as organisers struggle to identify alternative dates and venues.
There is unprecedented activity behind the scenes within the Squadron but unfortunately most of it is still yet to be confirmed so we can't share it just yet.
We have a couple of aircraft in the CAA licencing pipeline which we hope will be with us in the next few months and ready for the new season, this will increase the number of aircraft available to us, loud and long applause to our engineers who have done a fantastic job.
Show confirmations are slowly beginning to roll in as organisers finalise budgets, themes and venues.
We'd like to apologise for being somewhat lax in updating the website in recent months, but we've certainly been busy in other areas.
The end of last season was impacted upon heavily by the poor weather with a number of events cancelled due to the late summer storms causing it to peter out in a particularly undramatic manner.
In November we enjoyed a highly succesful fundraising black tie dinner in London with Tim Peak and David Hempleman-Adams as guest speakers and of course in early December we had our Christmas Party.
An incredibly busy and very succesful June has created a tangible feeling of momentum within the Squadron and we're buoyed by it.
July looks to be slightly less frenetic, but starts with a trio of our aircraft attending the Capel show which is just to the west of Gatwick airport. In addition we have been confirmed as attending the Southport show in the North West, this gives us a fantastic opportunity to venture further North and display to new crowds. We are also in discussion with a number of other shows which may yet be added to our display calendar.
Blimey - It's mid June already!
This year is tearing along at a blistering pace, we've already fulfilled commitments at Abingdon, the Lechlade duck race, helped Goodwood aerodrome open it's new doors. supported the Shuttleworth Festival and were delighted to embrace the D-Day 75 celebrations at Lee on Solent.
Productive would best describe recent weeks for the Squadron, our events programme is filling very quickly and more invitations are arriving weekly.
To some of you a "DA" will be a haircut from the 1950's but for the six happy, smiling Gazelle pilots in the photograph it's a Display Authorisation, without which our pilots are unable to display at public events.
With two training days under our belts and the days growing noticeably longer, our email servers are spooling up as we continue to liaise more purposefully with airshow organisers and seek to add structure to our events programme for 2019.
We're in discussion with a healthy number of event organisers and our attendance at Abingdon, D-Day 75, Shuttleworth and the National Armed Forces Day plus our old favourite the Medway Armed Forces Day is already confirmed. (Further details on our events page.)
With only a few days remaining before the Christmas celebrations begin in earnest we had out final sortie of 2018 to conduct, flying father Christmas into Naomi House and Jacks Place one of our charities. This is almost certainly one of the most rewarding events in our calendar and this time the privilege of flying the big man fell to the dynamic duo.