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Dauphin & Gazelle retired by Irish Air Corps - air/air p

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:05 am
by IrishAirPics
Hi Guys,

On the 31st December 2005 the Irish Air Corps retired it's last Gazelle and Dauphin helicopters. 1 Gazelle and 4 Dauphins were withdrawn from service although 2 of the Dauphin's were "unserviceable" and had not flown for some time.

To commemorate the occasion a special formation flight was put up in late December, this flight consisted of a Gazelle, Dauphin, Alouette & EC135. This was the last time all 4 helicopter types flew together.

Some of the pictures from this formation flight are posted below, for the full lot of about 30 pictures (and larger versions of same) click on this link:

Last Dauphin / Gazelle formation flight pictures

I personally will miss the Dauphin, I really loved the sound of it and it looked beautiful, I'm sure pilots and crews will have other things to say about it but I for one will miss it.

Not all the pictures are air to air, I spent some time on the ramp after the formation flight snapping pictures.

Enjoy the pictures,













Click for more pictures

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 7:14 pm
by ei6265
Lovely pics Frank!

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:08 pm
Some fantastic pics there! Are the Alouettes retiring??

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:52 pm
Love those photographs Frank.
I want to add an Air Corps page to the HASOI website, if you are interested in helping, please contact me, I seem to have lost your email address, when my pc crashed! :(


Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 8:28 am
by md600driver
any one know who bought the gazelle/dauphins

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:22 pm
by michael747
They are some fine pics indeed,
I'd would've love ta see the 4 of em in formation myself:
the gazelle, allouette, 135 and dauphin.

Mickey D

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:17 am
by md600driver
any one know has the gazelle been sold and to who to

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:15 am
by mini
Can someone explain to me why the Dauphin has been retired? I can remember their intoduction being reported as the dogs bollocks in a helo... even the USCG used them!

They are still current and favoured with many SAR & offshore operators

The Alouettes are still flying, dating back to the 60's

On the surface nothing makes sense...