Gazelle Squadron to debut new four-ship display at Weston Air Festival and Shuttleworth Fly Navy Airshow

The Gazelle Squadron is set to perform their long-promised four-ship display routine for the first time at the Weston Air Festival this weekend, followed by Shuttleworth’s Fly Navy Airshow in July.

Photo: Alex Prins

The organisation fields a large fleet of ex-Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines Gazelles, some of which are in the colours of defunct display teams. They have performed two-ship displays around the UK for a number of years, and have teased the idea of a four-ship performance since at least 2018. The debut four-ship performance has been slowly worked on during the past couple of years, and will finally be debuted at the Weston Air Festival in Weston-super-Mare on the 25th-26th June. As well as the four-ship display, the team is also teasing a “very special surprise” which will take place at the event. The free-to-attend show will also see displays by the Red Arrows, The Blades and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

This will be followed by the Shuttleworth Collection’s much-anticipated Fly Navy Airshow on the 3rd July. Also attending will be a huge variety of other historic helicopters, including a Wessex, Sea King and four Westland Wasps, plus fixed-wing warbirds such as the Seafire, Catalina, Nimrod, Corsair, Wildcat, Bearcat, Spitfire and Sea Hurricane.

Additionally, the Abingdon Air & Country Show in September is slated to feature the team’s familiar two-ship performance. More events could yet be added to their schedule, and the team has mentioned that they expect to attend an unspecified “major event” planned for mid-July.

The Gazelle Squadron said: “There are ongoing negotiations for further displays across the summer period but we are simply delighted to have finally brought it to the UK circuit and we certainly hope you enjoy it!

“2022 is a tough year with regard to display opportunities, primarily due to the immense difficulties that the show organisers face after a couple of years with no displays and thus no income – they are walking a tight line, but we thank them for their continued support.”