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French Army Air Corps SA342M Gazelle

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The Aerospatiale Gazelle light helicopter served the French armed forces in a wide range of roles, and continues to see limited use with the French Army Air Corps as a capable reconnaissance and light attack helicopter. The 'M' variant is equipped with a VIVIANE thermal imaging camera allowing day and night operations as well as the HOT missile for anti-tank operations.

The aircraft at RIAT 2019 comes from 3e Régiment d'Hélicoptères de Combat (3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment) based at Etienne, close to the border with Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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