Aerospatiale Alouette II



Alouette II A-61

 

 

 

 Sud Aviation SE.313B (Artouste) - SE.3180 & SE.318C (Astazou) Alouette II

 Single engine light helicopter

  In 1959 a first batch of 17 Sud Est SE3130 Alouette II (later Sud Aviation SE313B) was bought to replace the Piper Super Cubs. These helicopters were equipped with an Artouste-engine. Included in this batch were 3 aircraft for use by the Force Publique/Openbare Macht in Congo. In October 1960 a second batch of 22 aircraft was ordered. The aircraft in these batches were registered A01-A39. In 1967 a third batch of 17 Alouettes (A40 - A56) equipped with the more powerful Astazou-engine (type SE3180, later SE318), followed by a fourth order for 25 aircraft on October 30th, 1967 (registered A57 - A81) was acquired. Of interest is to note that aircraft A47 to A77 were assembled by SABCA. After the introduction of the Agusta A109 Hirundo in Belgian Army service the role of the Alouette II changed now only used for heli-training and communications duties. At the same time all remaining Artouste-powered aircraft were withdrawn from use. After the closure of the School of Light Aviation at Brasschaat in 2006 only a few Alouettes remain in service at Bierset airbase for general communications purposes and it is planned to retain them for the next few years. (Daniel Brackx)


 Sud Aviation SE.313B (Artouste)

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Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
A-01 1293/127C Oct 1959 Sep 1960 A1, 13 Sep 1960 Crash at Kigenge (Rwanda).
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A-02 1304/135C Oct 1959 Sep 1960 A2, 22 Sep 1960 crashed in Tanganyka lake near Magara (Burundi).
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A-03 1305/136C Oct 1959 Mar 1983 A3, OL-A03, A-03, (OTA-AA), W/O in accident at Brasschaat 23 Mar 1983.
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A-04 1378/172C Jun 1960 - A4, OL-A04, A-04, (OTA-AB), "Blue Bees" demo team, fate unknown.
A-05 1379/173C Jun 1960 1993 A5, AL-A05, A-05, (OTA-AC), being restored at La Ferté-Alais (F.)
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A-06 1467/222C Dec 1960 Oct 1984 A6, OL-A06, A-06, (OTA-AD), Crashed at Merzbrück (D.) on 12 Oct 1984.
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A-07 1468/223C 1960 Jun 1961 A7, crashed in Lake Tanganyka off Usumbura, Ruanda-Urundi.
A-08 1422/195C Jan 1961 Jan 1988 A8, OL-A08, A-08, (OTA-AE), Withdrawn from use at Butsweilerhof (D.), instructional airframe at Butz. & Brasschaat. Fate unknown.
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A-09 1423/196C Jan 1961 Mar 1991 A9; OL-A09, A-09, (OTA-AF), Crashed at Unna-Dreishaussen (D.).
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A-10 1534/265C Feb 1961 Apr 1966 A10, OL-A10, w/o in crash at Butzweilerhof (D.) 14 Apr 1966, parts  used for instruction at Technical School at Saffraanberg.
A-11 1535/266C Feb 1961 Noc 1988 A11, OL-A11, A-11, (OTA-AG), preserved at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels.
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A-12 1565/284C Apr 1961 - A12, OL-A12, A-12, (OTA-AH), fate unknown.
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A-13 1566/286C Apr 1961 Oct 1989 A13, OL-A13, A-13, (OTA-AI),Royal Army Museum Brussels, Museo de Ar, Alverca (Portugal), stored at Ota (P.).  More info at Alouette & Lama by P.Gillard
A-14 1581/294C May1961 Nov 1975 A14, OL-A14, A-14, (OTA-AJ), Crashed at Orchimont on 05 Nov 1975.
Possibly repaired using spare parts. More info at Alouette & Lama by P.Gillard
A-15 1594/301C Jul 1961 Dec 1991 A15, OL-A15, A-15 (OTA-AK), fate unknown.
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A-16 1595/302C Jul 1961 Apr 1989 A-16,OL-A16, A-16, (OTA-AL). On display at Butzweilhof (D.), Luftfahrt Museum Merseburg (D.)
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A-17 1614/315C Jul 1961 1ug1967 A17, OL-A17, crashed on take off from Helchteren on 16 Aug 1967. More info at Alouette & Lama by P.Gillard
A-18 1624/320C Sep 1961 Jun 1991 A18, OL-A18, A-18, (OTA-AM), Stored at Brasschaat, stored CAEA (Conservatoire de l'Air et de l'Espace d'Aquitaine) Bordeaux (F.)
A-19 1626/322C 1961 Jun 1968 A19, OL-A19, crashed at Werl (D.) on 29 Apr 1968.
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A-20 1646/337C Nov 1961 Nov 1988 A20, OL-A20, A-20, (OTA-AN), destroyed in hangar fire at Butzweilerhof (D.) on 23 Nov 1988.
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A-21 1661/347C 1961 - OL-A21, A-21 (OTA-AO), fate unknown.
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A-22 1662/348C Dec 1961 2005 OL-A22, A-22, (OTA-AP), re-engined with Astazou powerplant, stored at Zutendaal, fate unknown.
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A-23 1666/352C Dec 1961 1991 OL-A23, A-23, (OTA-AQ), F-GPEP, F-WQIV, HB-ZBE, N577AG, Written off in crash Castlewarden (CO Kildare, IE) on 24 Oct 2007.
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A-24 1695/371C Feb 1962 Dec 1992 OL-A24, A24; (OTA-AR), fate unknown.
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A-25 1696/372C Feb 1962 May 1990 OL-A25, A-25 (OTA-AS), fate unknown
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A-26 1710/381C Mar 1962 Jul 1990 OL-A26, A-26, (OTA-AT), fate unknown
A-27 1711/382C Mar 1962 1990 OL-A27, A27, (OTA-AU), Technical School at Saffraanberg as instructional airframe.
A-28 1752/409C 1962 Jan 1964 OL-A28, Crashed at Brasschaat on 20 Jan 1964.
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A-29 1753/410C Jun 1962 1994 OL-A29, A-29, (OTA-AV), "H-4" Militair Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg (Nl.)
A-30 1766/418 Jul 1962 Sep 1989 OL-A30, A-30, (OTA-AW), crashed at Gulpen (Nl.) after rotor problems on 4 Sep 1989.
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A-31 1767/419C Jul 1962 Oct 1991 OL-A31, A-31, (OTA-AX), South Pole Expedition.
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A-32 1780/428C Jul 1962 Dec 1991 OL-A32; A-32, (OTA-AY), fate unknown.
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A-33 1781/429C 1962 Jul 1975 OL-A33 (OTA-AZ), Crashed at Kaltenburg (D.) on 2 Jul 1975.
A-34 1791/435C Oct 1962 Nov 1988 OL-A35, A-35, (OTA-BB), gate guardian Bierset, now at Beauvechain ?
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A-35 1792/435C Oct 1962 Nov 1988 OL-A35, A-35, (OTA-BB), destroyed in hangar fire at Butzweilerhof (D.) on 23 Nov 1988.
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A-36 1802/440C 1962 Sep 1974 OL-A36, (OTA-BC), Belgian South Pole Expeditions 1964/65 and 1965/66, crashed at Brasschaaat on 18 Sep 1974.
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A-37 1803/441C Nov 1962 - OL-A37, A-37, (OTA-BD), White c/s UN titles, stored at Bierset, stored at Zutendaal, stripped fuselage at Saffraanberg dump.
A-38 1810/444C Dec 1962 1995 OL-A38, A-38, (OTA-BE), dispmantled at
 Bierset. More info at Alouette & Lama by P.Gillard
A-39 1851/485C May 1963 Dec 1966 OL-A39, crashed at Brasschaat on 05 Dec 1966
 Sud Aviation SE.3180 (Astazou)

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Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
A-40 1956/584C-A40 Apr 1967 Mar 2004 OL-A40, A-40, (OTA-CA), "Blue Bees" demo team, stored at Zutendaal, fate unknown.
A-41 1958/586C-A41 1967 - OL-A41, A-41, (OTA-CB), stored at Zutendaal for Royal Army Museum, stored at Vissenaken (RAM), to The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare (UK)
A-42 1959/587C-A42 May 1967 Aug 2001 OL-A42, A-42, (OTA-CC), destroyed in crash at Bierset on 31 Aug 2001.
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A-43 1960/588C-A43 1967 Nov 2005 OL-A43, A-43, (OTA-CD), Stored at Zutendaal.
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A-44 1961/589C-A44 1967 2006 OL-A44, A44, (OTA-CE), SMV, Brasschaat, Stored at Zutendaal.
A-45 1962/590C-A45 Jul 1967 Mar 1994 OL-A45, A-45, (OTA-CF), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, written off near Kigali (Rwanda) on 10 Mar 1994.
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A-46 1964/592C-A46 Sep 1967 Jun 2004 OL-A46, A-46, (OTA-CG), Stored at Zutendaal, on display Beauvechain Historical Centre.
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A-47 1986/614C-A63 Sep 1967 - OL-A-47, A-47, (OTA-CH).
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A-48 1987/615C-A64 Aug 1067 Sep 1988 OL-A48, A-48, (OTA-CI), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, accident Lichtenau/Velmeden (D.) on 22 Sep 1988
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A-49 1989/616C-A66 Oct 1967 2007 OL-A49, A-49, (OTA-CJ), offered for sale, fate unknown.
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A-50 1990/617C-A67  Oct 1967 2007  OL-A49, A-49, (OTA-CK), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, offered for sale, fate unknown 
A-51 1992/619C-A69 1967 Aug 1968  OL-A51, (OTA-CL), accident at Wevelgem on 26 Aug 1968. Reconstructed from spare parts. Destroyed in hangar fire at Butzweilerhof (D.) on 23 Nov 1988
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A-52 1993/620C-A70  1967 Aug 1971 OL-A52, "Red Pitch" demonstration team, crashed at Spa-Malchamps after mid-air collission with A-71 on 8 Aug 1971.
A-53 1995/622C-A72 Feb 1968 - OL-A53, A-53, (OTA-CM)
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A-54 1996/623C-A73 1968 - OL-A54, A54, (OTA-CN), "Blue Bees" demonstartion team.
A-55 1998/625C-A75 Mar 1968 - OL-A55, A55, (OTA-CO), "Blue Bees" demonstration team.
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A-56 1999/626C-A76  1968 Nov 1088 OL-A56, A-56, "Larks" demonstration team, destroyed in hangar fire at Butzweilerhof (D.) on 23 Nov 1988
 Sud Aviation SE.318C (Astazou)

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Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
A-57 2009/636C-A85 Dec 1968 Feb 2008 OL-A57, A57, (OTA-CQ), offered for sale, fate unknown.
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A-58 2010/637C-A86 Dec 1968 Apr 1971 OL-A58, crashed at Altenbeken-Warburg (D.) on 8 Oct 1969
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A-59 2018/645C-A94 Dec 1968 - OL-A59, A-59, (OTA-CR), Specieal c/s "40 Years 16s", offered for sale, fate unknown.
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A-60 2019/646C-A95 Jan 1969 Feb 1973 OL-A60, "Blue Bees" demonstration team, Crash at Bergen-Huhne (D.) on 3 Feb 1973.
A-61 2034/685C-A110 Feb 1969 Sep 2009  OL-A61, A-61, (OTA-CS), to Madagascar
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A-62 2035/659C-A111 Jan 1969 Jul 2005 OL-A62, A-62, (OTA)CT), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, stored at Zutendaal, offered for sale, fate unknown.
A-63 2049/670C-A125 1969  Oct 1988 OL-A63, A-63, (OTA-CU), crash at Saillagouse (F.) on 17 Oct 1988.
A-64 2050/671C-A126 Feb 1969 Sep 2009 OL-A64, A-64, (OTA-CV), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, offered for sale, to Madagascar
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A-65 2057/676C-A133 Mar 1969 - OL-A65, A-65 ,(OTA-CW), "Blue bess" demonstration team, offered for sale, fate unknown
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A-66 2064/682C-A140 Mar 1969 - OL-A66, A-66, (OTA-CX), offered for sale, fate unknown
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A-67 2065/683C-A141 Apr 1969 Sep 1993 OL-A67, A-67, (OTA-CY), "Red Pitch" demonstration team, crashed at Ringsted (Dk.) on 24 Sep 1993.
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A-68 2068/684C-A144 May 1968 2006 OOL-A68, A-68, (OTA-CZ) "Blue Bees" demonstration team, to Gyorszentivan – Bony, Hungary as HA- WKY
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A-69 2072/688C-A148 1969 Sep 2009  OL-A69, A-69 (OTA-DA), to Madagascar
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A-70 2079/694C-A155 Jun 1969   - OL-A70, A-70, (OTA-DB), Blue Bees demonstration team, offered for sale, fate unknown.
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A-71 2080/695C-A156 1969 Aug 71 OL-A71, "Red Pitch" demonstration team, crashed at Spa-Malchamps on 8 Aug 1971 after mid-air collission with A-52
A-72 2083/696C-A159 May 1969  - OL-A72, A-72, (OTA-DC), to Royal Technical School Saffraanberg (instructional airframe containing parts of A-53)
A-73 2087/700C-A163 Sep 1969 Apr 2004 OL-A73, A-73, (OTA-DD), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, stored at Zutendaal, offered for sale, fate unknown
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A-74 2094/706C-A171 Oct 1969 - OL-A74, A-74, (OTA)DE), "Blue Bees" demostration team, sunk into the Lac de l'Eau d'Heure, as training target for divers.
A-75 2095/707C-A171 Oct 969 Apr 2004 OL-A75, A-75, (OTA-DF), "Blue Bees demonstration team, to Aviation Museum Košice (Slovak Republic).
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A-76 (1) 2110/719C-A186 1969 Mar 1982 OL-A76, A-76, (OTA-DG), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, crahed at Brasschaat on 16 Mar 1982.
A-76 (2) - Jun 1982 Feb 1995 A-76, constructed from spare parts, crashed at Brasschaat on 23 Feb 1995.
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A-77 2124/730C-A200 1969 2006 OL-A77, A-77, (OTA-DH), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, stored at Zutendaal.
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A-78 2133/737C-A209 Jan 1970 2006 OL-A78, A-78, (OTA-DI), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, to Madagascar.
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A-79 2138/742C-A214 Feb 1970 2006 OL-A79, A-79, "Blue Bees" demonstration team, to Gyorszentivan – Bony, Hungary as HA-WKZ
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A-80 2139/743C-A215 Mar 1970 Mar 2004 OL-A80, A-80, (OTA-DK), "Blue Bees" demonstration team, Special c/s "45 Years 18s", storage Zutendaal, Royal Techn. School Saffraanberg.
A-81 2142/745C-A218 1970 Mar 2000 OL-A81, A-81, (OTA-DL), crashed at Baillonville on 1 Mar 2000.
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The Belgian Defence Alouette II: an endangered species
WALKAROUND: Sud Aviation SA.318C Alouette II (Astazou) at Bierset airbase by Pierre Gillard. Click here for details of the Astazou engine
 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated 26/04/17 16:33   Daniel Brackx

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