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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
Westland Gazelle Specifications
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