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The Gazelle was first produced in 1968 under an Anglo-French agreement between Westlands and Aerospatiale.

The Gazelle, fondly referred to as the "whistling chicken leg", has proved an incredibly reliable observation and reconnaissance helicopter for many years.

Although, having only one engine, it is not as powerful as many others, but its lightweight chassis offsets any deficit it might have. Advantages include its small agile nature, and its unparalleled visibility from the cockpit.

In service date: 1973
All up mass: 1900kg
Engines: 1 x Turbomeca Astazou III N2 592 shp
Crew: 1 or 2 + 3 passengers
Length: 12m
Main rotor diameter: 10.5m
Height: 3.2m
Maximum speed: 168 knots
Range: 250 NM
Manufacturer Westland Aircraft; Aerospatiale

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