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Alouette III — French design in helicopters

24 February 2014

Alouette III — French design in helicopters

Alouette III — French Chief Petty Officer Frederic Duplouich photo provided by the U.S. Navy

Alouette III of the Marine nationale (French Navy) — French Chief Petty Officer Frederic Duplouich photo provided by the U.S. Navy

Nearly 1440 of these helicopters were built by Aérospatiale over a 25 year period ending in 1985 — and another 500 license built in four countries other than France. It is a light helicopter which can work at high altitudes (although there is a high altitude variant known as the “Lama”) and is generally a utility helicopter carrying light cargo, performing patrolling duty, used in medevac missions, etc. Crewed by two in military missions and able to carry as many as five passengers the Alouette III has a range of 335 miles/540km and a cruising speed of 115 mph/185kph. The Turbomeca Artouste IIIB gas turboshaft engine delivers 570 hp/425kW to the 36′ 10.75″/10.02m three-blade main rotor.

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