Gazelle Squadron Display Team

Easing into 2022

spring-2022

As the Spring of 2022 crawls slowly into summer we've been working on our routines and practicing our moves! The season is taking shape, albeit very slowly, we have a small number of events confirmed with a good deal more still in the pipeline and under ongoing discussion with the show organisers.

It's proving to be a very difficult year for the airshow organisers as they pick up the pieces from the chaos created by pandemics and lock-downs, they have limited budgets and are treading carefully which is entirely understandable.

Work continues on getting XZ321 our very own Falklands veteran back where she belongs, something we are all very keen to see. In addition we are building a static display aircraft that can be towed by the crew bus and utilised as a hands on experience at the static events.

All we need now is for the sun to shine and the airshow circuit to return to normal

Fingers crossed!


 

Spring 2022

spring-2022

We've fixed some Spring dates for our 2022 season training weekends and we remain optimistic, as we have in recent years that we can finally deliver our 4 ship display.  We have the airframes and we have the crews, so all we need now are the shows and perhaps a little more rehearsing! After all, practice makes perfect!

Following another successful mutual practice session at Pembrey last  Autumn our relationship with Team Raven has blossomed and both teams are optimistic that we can officially link up in 2022 to deliver a unique spectacular to the UK airshow circuit. 

There's been a subtle change in direction for us this year as we have elected to prioritise the delivery of aerial displays over static displays and that's where our primary focus will be throughout 2022. 

Naturally we will still be available for some static events, but being prevented from delivering our trademark static displays due to the perpetual lock-downs and restrictions of recent years has nudged us into a slightly different, but incredibly exciting direction

So here's to 2022!


 

Pembrey Training weekend 2021

7-ship

You can take your pick of superlatives to describe our recent training weekend in Pembrey, but outstanding is probably the most accurate.

This was a weekend of solid progress in our ambition to field a four ship display in 2022, we enjoyed combined display training with Team Raven, solo training, mountain flying and to top it all -  a seven ship formation of Gazelles, all in glorious Welsh sunshine. Then of course there was the team meal afterwards! 

After 2 years of Covid restrictions we thoroughly enjoyed this!

tight-4

Word quickly spread that we were in Pembrey and there are some superb videos and images circulating on social media courtesy of the throng of aviation enthusiasts that gathered there, choosing one to best illustrate the weekend's events is nigh on impossible. 

Dafydd Philips has posted a fabulous video on Youtube of our training sessions, as have our friends at Aviation in Action. Click here.

The sights sounds and smells of The Gazelle Squadron's Training weekend - Pembrey 2021 will certainly not be forgotten in a hurry.


Pembrey 2021

4th - 5th August 2021

The team have arrived safely at Pembrey, slept soundly and are now ready for a weekend's intensive flying training.
 
There will be a lot of aircraft movements and activity at Pembrey airfield as the day has blessed us with fine weather, we would however like to remind the public that the Squadron is undergoing a weekend of intensive flying training along with Team Raven and not performing a flying display as is being suggested on some social media outlets.