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The Alouette III, produced by Aerospatiale, is capable of operations in Europe's highest mountains. To many skiers and mountain climbers, it is their guardian angel. The helicopter is known for its ability to fly dependably in high winds, snow, and ice, navigating through treacherous mountain passes, to rescue those in trouble. Indian Alouette III helicopters fly missions in the world's highest mountains, the Himalayas. The helicopters are responsible for the rescue of thousands of people through the years.
Alouette III with Bambi Bucket
Although best known for its rescues and mercy missions, the versatile Alouette III helicopter has been used as a water bomber and for a variety of other missions in countries around the world. Among their civilian duties are light transportation, agricultural spraying, and photo-mapping. The military has used the Alouette III for light attack, ASW and ASV duties.
The heart of the Alouette III is the light weight, powerful, Turbomeca Astazou engine. Although power is delivered to a standard three blade rotor, the helicopter is extremely responsive and maneuverable.
The cabin is roomy and well suited for search and rescue missions. Two stretchers will easily fit in the cabin along with a medic and assistant.
The large cockpit windows of the Alouette III provide the pilot and co-pilot with an excellent view, necessary for search and rescue missions. The helicopter is capable of carrying up to 1,650 lbs. on a sling, or internally.
The Alouette III is equipped with skis for operations when landing on snow. Its small size, low weight, and easy handling make it practical to operate in areas not assessable to larger helicopters.
Over 2,000 Alouette III helicopters were produced through 1985. Many of them are still flying today.