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RC Alouette
(RC Helicopters Alouette)


Aerospatiale Alouette II
Aerospatiale Alouette II
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Specifications

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utility
one
Astazou IIA
530 h.p.
32 ft.
9 ft. 1 in.
33 ft. 6 in.
1,958 lbs.
3,630 lbs.
122 mph
127 mph
1,300 fpm
10,824 feet
446 miles
3/12/55
1957



rc Alouette
Benzin rc Alouette by Vario.

The Alouette is probably best known for its high altitude operations, particularly as an air ambulance, and also for its precise handling. Due to the shape of its fuselage it has been referred to as the "bug-eye".


Sky Fox rc Alouette by Vario.

Vario has a rc Alouette kit that uses Sky Fox mechanics. Both this rc helicopter kit and the one shown above have a 69" length, 12 1/2" width, 7 3/4" height and are made from stainless steel

The Alouette resulted from the merging of Tubomeca's Artouste turbine engine with the Sikorsky S-55 gearbox. Its first flight was in March of 1955 and it was soon setting altitude records. The Alouette was easily adaptable to high mountain rescues. It is equipped with skids, floats, or wheels.



RC Alouette from XHeli.

The XHeli rc Alouette. The kit is 40" long, 6 1/2" wide, and has a 42 1/2" rotor diameter.

In July of 1956 the second prototype Alouette produced was doing its performance testing in the Alps. During the tests it was learned that a man suffered a heart attack at the Vallot Mountain refuge. The helicopter rescued the climber and transported him to a nearby hospital, which saved his life.



RC Alouette built by Fleming Wong.

Fleming Wong built the excellent rc Alouette shown in this picture. It is from a Vario kit.

In January of 1957 two Alouette helicopters rescued six mountain guides and the two man crew of another helicopter that crashed in an earlier rescue attempt.



RC Alouette from Kavan.

Kavan's rc Alouette has a length of 40", a width of 6 1/2" and a rotor diameter of 42 1/2". It can be found at various websites and eBay from time to time.

The Alouette has continued in the tradition of rescues at high altitudes in places that would not have been accessible without the helicopters.

The Alouette is used by numerous nations around the world, particularly France, Germany and India. It has been in operation in Germany for over 25 years without any crashes. In addition to its search and rescue work, the Alouette has been equipped with a 180 gallon Bambi bucket for use as a water bomber.  Many ex military versions are still in operation today. Over 1,300 were produced.

If you would like to recommend a rc Alouette, please email us.