9 ft. 1 in.
33 ft. 6 in.
The Alouette helicopter 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”.
The Alouette helicopter 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 helicopter was easily adaptable to high mountain rescues. It is equipped with skids, floats, or wheels.
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.
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.
The Alouette helicopter has continued in the tradition of rescues at high altitudes in places that would not have been accessible without the helicopters.
The Alouette helicopter 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.
RC Alouette Helicopter
Vario has a RC Alouette helicopter kit that uses Sky Fox mechanics. It has a 69 in. length, 12 1/2 in. width, 7 3/4 in. height and is made from stainless steel.
The XHeli RC Alouette helicopter kit builds to 40 in. length, 6 1/2 in. wide, and has a 42 1/2 in. rotor diameter.
Kavan’s RC Alouette helicopter has a length of 40 in., a width of 6 1/2″ in. and a rotor diameter of 42 1/2 in. It can be found at various websites and eBay from time to time.