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Sud Aviation Alouette II

In 1960 the Army Air Corps (AAC) was operating the Auster Mk9 in the Middle and Far East and a mixture of Auster Mk9 and Skeeter in United Kingdom and British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). It was intended that the Saunders-Roe P531 Sprite (which became the Scout) should replace the Skeeter and in due course the Auster Mk9 so that the AAC could be almost entirely rotary wing. The exception was the Beaver that would replace some of the Austers as liaison aircraft from 1961.

Because of problems which were delaying the introduction of the Scout, it was decided in 1960 to purchase a small number of the Alouette to provide a five-seat helicopter in the two liaison flights in BAOR. These replaced the Skeeter and some of the Auster fixed wing aircraft of the Independent Flights in the Middle East.

Sud Aviation Alouette II Specification 
Engine:  Artouste II
Speed:  130kts (241kph) max, 110kts (204kph) cruise
Endurance:  Three hours, 150 US gallon (568 litre) fuel tank
Maximum All Up Weight:  3500lbs (1588kg)
Display Weight:  3000lbs, (1361kg)
Dimensions: Length 35ft (10.67m) Rotor Span 45ft (13.72m)
Capacity: Pilot plus four
Alouette XR379 circa 1960s

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