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ALOUETTE II (AEROSPATIALE)

Alouette 2 was the first turbine-powered helicopter in the world to go into production. First produced in 1957, the Alouette II has gone through a series of upgrades. All of the aircraft of this type are similar, including the SA-315B Lama which is equipped with the Alouette II airframe and the Alouette III engine. The three-blade main rotor is high-mounted to the rear of the cockpit. The single turboshaft engine with an upturned exhaust is high-mounted on the fuselage to the rear of the cockpit and main rotor shaft. The fuselage is an oval, transparent, bubble cockpit with a tadpole-like appearance and fixed-skid landing gear. The tail boom is an open framework. The tail is small and rectangular, with square-tipped flats forward of a small, right side-mounted rotor.

Specifications

Country of Origin France
Builder
RoleObservation, liaison, light-attack
Similar AircraftAlouette III, Gazelle, Scout/Wasp, OH-13 Sioux
Rotor diameter 36 ft (11 m)
Length 33 ft, 8 in (10.28 m)
Height
Weight
Engine
Maximum speed
Cruising speed
Range
Service Ceiling
ArmamentMachine gun, rockets, missiles
Crew One
Cost
User Countries Algeria, Belgium, Djibouti, Ecuador, France, Germany, India (Cheetah), Indonesia, Pakistan (Lama), Portugal, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey

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