Gazelle to be phased out?

#1
I hope to join the army and eventually the air corps to become a pilot and when I looked on a wikipedia article showing the number of aircraft in the RAF, AAC and FAA it said the Gazelle was to be phased out. I have not seen anything to suggest it is going to be phased out and when having a quick browse on google did not see anything difinitive, saying when it will be phased out by or if they will all be phased out,
could anyone give me a difinitive answer?
Thanks for all relevant and helpful responses
Sheep

this is the wiki link I mention, I know wikipedia isn't that reliable but it is a source of lots of information
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_active_United_Kingdom_military_aircraft#Army_Air_Corps
 
#2
Definitive? Gaz has practically gone. Your chances of flying a green one are nil - but the AAC is under no obligation to keep wikipedia up to date.

Now, go out and get pissed - no self respecting pilot is posting at 2100 on Dec 31st!

(I'm out m'self now)
 
#4
Another fortnight and this lot will be getting a new owner:

Clicky
 
#5
Now, go out and get pissed - no self respecting pilot is posting at 2100 on Dec 31st!

Might I also point out that you were on even later on that same night apparently not pissed yet, but thanks for the response any way, you as good as answered my question confirming what I had thought
 
#6
SheepJumpFish said:
Might I also point out that you were on even later on that same night apparently not pissed yet, but thanks for the response any way, you as good as answered my question confirming what I had thought
That's just the kind of cheeky, chippy comment that explains your interest in flying the screaming chicken leg. Do you eat salad a lot?
 
#9
That's just the kind of cheeky, chippy comment that explains your interest in flying the screaming chicken leg. Do you eat salad a lot?

I have been known to eat salad on occasion

Probably best if you kept that to yourself...quiche too I expect..

What makes me chuckle is that most Army Pilots (By default, Wings 1974 - late 90's) are either current or uncurrent Gazelle jockies !


Those who were wings with Squirrel as the basic trainer, having never flown the Gazelle, are simply jealous and aren't even entitled to make such remarks. As for the thought that non-pilots would come in on the discussion, how rude that would be!

Hope you're all having a good New Year so far.
:)
 
#10
God I feel old, I can remember when pilots trained on Hillers
 
#11
tropper66 said:
God I feel old, I can remember when pilots trained on Hillers
I'm not saying you're old, but is there any truth in the rumour you knew Pontius when he was groundcrew?
 
#13
Yep, by Lynx Wildcat, sorry it's just 'Wildcat' nowadays - which is too big, too slow and although it has a good sensor suite, won't really be available in anywhere near enough numbers.


The Yank's make something called the 'Kiowa Warrior' which would be a far more sensible option IMHO now that their Light Battlefield Helicopter program has been cut.
 
#14
Could the Gazelle be used to augment Police aviation?
 
#15
Yokel said:
Could the Gazelle be used to augment Police aviation?
hahahhahhahahahhhahahahahahahahahahhahhahaaaaa :D
 
#17
SheepJumpFish said:
Seeings as I am a salad eating mug who apparently knows nothing can you tell me if the RN of Marines still use it?
What's this obsession with the tadpole? Police Aviation? Ha Ha Ha.

However, can't be definitive about RM Gaz, but I expect they are binning the wheezy tin can too.

Rather like an F1 aspirant lusting after a Trabant, isn't it? If you get on the APC you get to fly Squirrel which is much nicer than Gaz.
 
#18
RM no longer use the Gazelle it was retired just after GW2, The RN retired it about the same time as the RAF as their basic rotary trainer.

Gazelle in the Police role? sadly not, we need Twin Engine A/C for that role (As mandated by the CAA). The Gazelle is/was a great surveillance platform but it would struggle with a crew of 3..(about 1hr flying time IIRC).
 
#19
Still going strong in a certain area! Not sure for how much longer though!!! :D

Strong is probably too strong a word mind, still going more accurate :wink:
 
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