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8 Flight Army Air Corps

8 Flight AAC (Army Air Corps) is a little-known and rarely spotted fleet of 4 Eurocopter Dauphins and 2 Gazelle helicopters that support the Special Air Service.

Painted in civilian colours, the AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopters of 8 flight can blend in to normal civilian air traffic and thus allow the SAS to be transported quickly but covertly around the United Kingdom. In addition to covert transport, 8 flight Dauphins can also fly the SAS into action during Counter-Terrorism operations.

8 Flight is based at SAS HQ at Credenhill, near Hereford.

8 flight Dauphins are believed to be fitted with external threat detection, sensor and jamming pods, plus a set of antennas for secure radio communications gear housed inside the cabin.

photos of 8 flight Dauphins (courtesy of Airliners.net) :

Eurocopter AS365 N3 Specifications

Crew 1 pilot (+ 1 co-pilot if required)
Cargo capacity 8/9 passengers
Maximum speed 287 kph
Range 874 km
Max takeoff weight 4,200 kg

Gazelle helicopter
AAC Gazelle helicopter - helicopters like this supported SAS and 14 Company operations in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

Westland Gazelle Specifications

Crew 1 pilot (+ co-pilot if required)
Cargo capacity 4 passengers
Maximum speed 310 kph
Range 670 km
Max takeoff weight 1800 kg

Previous 8 flight helicopters

Until 2008, when they were replaced by the Dauphins, 8 Flight operated a fleet of 4 Agusta A109s, 2 of which were captured from the Argentines during the Falklands conflict.

photos of 8 flight A109s (courtesy of Airliners.net) :

Agusta A109 Specifications

Crew 1 pilot (+ co-pilot if required)
Cargo capacity 7 passengers
Maximum speed 285 kph
Range 965 km
Max takeoff weight 3000 kg

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