In mid-September we enjoyed the hospitality of RAF Brize Norton at their families day and of course the RAF Scampton airshow which, given that the weather didn't play nicely served to pull a metaphorically damp curtain down on our show season, . We also provided our Sharks aircraft for a static display at HMS Daedalus.
We are now looking forward to a winter of training and giving our airframes a deep clean and the TLC that they deserve.
We've recently undertaken displays at RAF Odiham Families days and RAF Brize Norton Families day where one of our pilots is a serving C17 pilot, both events were extremely succesful and we're now looking forward to the RAF Scampton airshow on 9th-10th September.
Well the UK summer weather has been pretty miserable but thankfully it hasn't curtailed any of our events so far
Since July 1st, we've displayed at Blackbushe 75, RNAS Yeovilton, RAF Marham and the Silverstone Classic where Russ and Andy performed as a two ship in very gusty conditions over a 3 day period.
Now as the nation goes on holiday we're in a slightly lower gear with a less demanding schedule.
The Gazelle Squadron are delighted to confirm that they will be providing a 2 ship flying display and a static aircraft display at this years Silverstone Classic event 28th-30th July.
G-ZZEL, which is still in it's civilian colours received it's permit to fly in early April and it is hoped that XZ321 our Gulf war Gazelle will receive it's permit before the end of April, this is the result of an outstanding effort over the Winter and Spring seasons by our engineers at Falcon Aviation.
The Team are working hard in preparation for 2017 .
We have enjoyed a number of successful training days over the winter during which the crews have been rehearsing and familiarising themselves with formation practices
At the same time, the groundcrews and technicians have been labouring to prepare the 2 new airframes for the season, these new aircraft which include our Op Granby Gazelle are awaiting CAA inspections to secure their permit to fly certification.
Early in Sept a crew from the Squadron visited RNAS Yeovilton in our "Sharks" Gazelle to add to the nostalgia surrounding the 70th Anniversary of the first deck landing at sea by none other than Alan Bristow in a Sikorsky Hoverfly.
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