Aviation72 AV72-24005 (AV7224005)
1/72 Scale Westland Gazelle AH.1Diecast Model XZ321/D British Army Air Corps, “Operation Granby”
Operation Desert Storm.
- Wingspan 14.5 cm 5.70 in Approx
- Length 10.7 cm 4.21 in Approx
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Display stand included.
Aviation72 AV72-24005 (AV7224005) – 1/72 Scale Gazelle AH 1 Diecast Model.
Aviation72 AV72-24005 (AV7224005) is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the Westland Gazelle AH 1. In the colour scheme and markings of s/n XZ321/D named “Gary” of the British Army Air Corps during “Operation Granby”.
First flew on March 9, 1977 and delivered to the Army Air Corps on April 13, 1977. Entered service with 2 Flight, later 6 Flight and then 658 Squadron. Served in the Falklands War with 656 Squadron. Returned to the UK and placed in storage. Deployed to Northern Ireland in 1989 and remained there until retired. Sold to a civil operator and registered G-CDNS on September 23, 2005. Restored in the desert colours of 4 Regiment, first Gulf War.
The Aérospatiale Gazelle is a French s a multi-purpose, lightweight utility / attack helicopter. Designed by Sud Aviation as a replacement for the Alouette III for the French Army. Sud Aviation merged with other state owned companies in 1970 to form Aérospatiale.
Flew for the first time on April 7, 1967 and entered service during 1973. One of the fastest helicopters and the first to use a fenestron tail. The first helicopter certified by the US for single-pilot operations under instrument flight rules (IFR). Built in France and the United Kingdom under an agreement with Westland Aircraft and exported to over twenty counties. SOKO in Yugoslavia and the Arab British Helicopter Company (ABHCO) in Egypt also built the Gazelle under license. It has served in numerous Conflicts, including the 1982 Lebanon War, 1990 Rwandan Civil War, and the 1991 Gulf War. The Eurocopter Tiger is replacing the Gazelle in front-line duties. Remains in service in the light transport and liaison roles.
The Gazelle has a crew of two and three passengers or 1,320 pounds of cargo. Powered by a single Turbomeca Astazou turbine engine driving a three composite rotor blades and fenestron or fantail. The fenestron, a shrouded tail-rotor, enhances flight characteristics at high speed with reduced noise. The Gazelle has a cruise speed of 264km/h (164 mph). A maximum speed of 310km/h (193 mph) and range of 670 km (416 miles).
The Gazelle has undergone several major modernisation and upgrade programs. New avionic capabilities including night vision goggles, 3D navigational displays. A Direct Voice Input (DVI) system that enables voice control over many aspects of the aircraft. Upgraded ballistic protection, new munitions including rockets and machine guns.
Armed variants of the Gazelle can carry the GIAT M621 20mm cannon. Four AT-3 ATGMs and two SA-7, 128mm or 57mm rockets. A 7.62mm machine gun in cabin, Mistal air-to-air missiles and reconnaissance pods.
United Kingdom Service.
Served with all branches of the British armed forces in a variety of roles. First entered operational service with o. 660 Squadron AAC, British Army on July 6, 1974, replacing the Sioux. Used in the reconnaissance, troop transport, direction of artillery fire, casualty evacuation and anti-tank operations. Royal Navy Gazelles entered service in December 1974 with 705 Naval Air Squadron. Provided flight training in preparation for the Lynx. Also with 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, Royal Marines and later the Commando Helicopter Force, Fleet Air Arm. The RAF received the first of their Gazelles in August 1974 and used for flight training.
The Gazelle has seeen combat service in Northern Ireland, Falklands War, Afghanistan War. Along with the 1991 Gulf War and 1999 intervention in Kosovo.
Aviation72 AV72-24005 (AV7224005) – 1/72 Scale Westland Gazelle AH 1 Diecast Model Aircraft. XZ321/D British Army Air Corps, “Operation Granby”.