The Gazelle Squadron Display Team

The Gazelle Squadron is a unique display team consisting of former military Westland Gazelle helicopters operating in their original military colours and serial numbers.

We have a fleet of nine Westland Gazelles, from each arm of the British armed forces, including; "Gordon" from the Royal Navy, "Ginger" from the Royal Air Force, "Gladys" of the Royal Marines (Commandos) and "Gary" representing the Army Air Corps.

In 2016, we will be performing flying displays at airshows across the UK, using two Westland Gazelle helicopters.

Latest news

UK Gazelle helicopters to have lives extended until 2025

  • Posted on: 26 July 2016

IHS Jane's have reported today, 26 July 2016, that the Westland Gazelle AH.1 is to remain in service with the British Army Air Corps until 2025, making the type 54 years old when it is due to be retired.

The British Army's Westland Gazelle AH.1 observation and utility helicopters are to remain in service for another nine years, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

This extension will take the Gazelle past its 50th anniversary in UK military service in 1971 and make it the oldest helicopters in active UK inventory.

Third night photo shoot announced - 22 October 2016

  • Posted on: 22 July 2016

The evening of Saturday 22 October 2016 will see Bourne Park Airfield in Hampshire host the third enthusiasts' night photo shoot, hosted by the Gazelle Squadron Display Team. Named BPNS III - the Westland Meetup, this event sees up to 10 helicopters designed or built by Westland Helicopters Ltd at Weston-Super-Mare and Yeovil illuminated against a picturesque countryside background. A number of aircraft will also have lights turned on or rotors turning for even more unique and special photographs.

Squadron is cleared to fly for 2016

  • Posted on: 3 June 2016

On Tuesday 31 May 2016, the Gazelle Squadron Display Team flew to RAF Abingdon in Oxfordshire with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Display Authorisation Evaluator.

The CAA display authorisation is a mandatory process for any pilot that wishes to perform a flying display in the UK, and involves many months of planning, practicing and evaluating flying display routines, aircraft and aircrew performance.

Gazelle Squadron confirmed for The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight

  • Posted on: 12 May 2016

The Gazelle Squadron will be attending The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight on Saturday 11 June 2016 at London Biggin Hill Airport.

The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight returns for the third successive year to the historic World War II Fighter Command airfield. The Gazelle Squadron will be supporting the event with two Westland Gazelle helicopters on static display, allowing attendees to get up close and even sit in one of the Gazelles. A wide range of squadron merchandise will also be available to purchase from the squadron shop.

Gazelle Squadron to display at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day

  • Posted on: 23 March 2016

The Gazelle Squadron display team are pleased to announce that we will be participating at the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day in Somerset on Saturday 2 July 2016.

Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton is an airfield of the Fleet Air Arm, sited a few miles north of Yeovil, Somerset. It is one of two active Fleet Air Arm bases (the other being RNAS Culdrose) and is currently home to the Royal Navy's Westland Lynx and Wildcat helicopters, and the Commando Helicopter Force Westland Merlin HC.3. The Army Air Corps' Wildcat helicopters are also located at Yeovilton.