ARMY AIR CORPS GAZELLE AH1
A faithful servant of the British military since the early 1970s, the Gazelle, developed by Westland and Aérospatiale as part of the joint Anglo-French effort that also led to the Lynx and Puma, does not have long left in UK service. Only a handful of Gazelle AH1s remain in use with the Army Air Corps, this one-time tank-killer now serves in various training and support functions. At RIAT 2015 will be seen an example from 665 Squadron based at the Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station at Aldergrove near Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Gazelle is still an outstanding observation and reconnaissance platform thanks in no small part to the visibility from its cockpit. The Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps all employed the Gazelle as a trainer; to the Army, it was an important anti-tank, observation and recce platform; it supported operations by Royal Marines Commandos; and the RAF even flew some as VIP transports. Today, many are in civilian hands.