February 28th in Aviation History

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The Aerospatiale Alouette III first flew on the 28th of February, 1959. The Alouette III is a single engine light utility helicopter developed and produced by French aerospace company, Sud Aviation. It was produced from 1961 to 1985 and proved very popular during its production tenure. It also had multiple licensed producer including HAL in India for the Indian military. More than 2000 total units have been built and the Alouette III remains in service today with the French Military, Rhodesian Military, Indian Military and the Portuguese Air force.

India’s HAL still produces the Alouette III as the HAL Chetak under license.

The Alouette III is used for aerial observation, aerial photography, air-sea rescue, transport and training purposes in military environments. It can also be armed with anti-tank missiles and fixed cannons.

The Alouette III can be used in civilian capacity as well for rescue missions, crop spraying, personnel transport and carrying external loads.

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