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  • Savoia
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    Alouettes & Lamas



    An opportunity to post anything and everything about Alouettes and Lamas.

    The Lama is one of my favourite helicopters and .. while she looks as though she may have been designed by Frank Hornby, and though she shakes like a drunk in withdrawal, and despite the poor leg room of her rear-seat passengers, and even though she can't accommodate their baggage, yet .. for her size, her performance is dazzling .. and who, pray tell, can resist the exquisite shrill of her antique Artouste as it leaps into life - a call to flight for anyone within a kilometre of her frame!

    And all this talk of Lamas reminds me of a little poem I once read, composed by a boy who had watched Lamas at work in the Italian Alps:

    Lama dear lama, who can compare,
    to your crane-like frame so rugged and bare.

    A Meccano construction of Perspex and tin,
    you even can fly, while lacking a fin!

    Some in disdain have called you a ‘bug’,
    little they know, you are more like a tug!

    To others who stare, you seem incomplete,
    till you haul man and ware, to ten thousand feet!

    “A collection of tubes which both shake and do rattle”,
    says he who has never seen you in battle.

    Take heart lovely Lama, and pay them no heed,
    for you are a contraption most splendid indeed.



  • Savoia
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    F-AYSC


    SE313B F-AYSC (cn.1359) as seen at la base aérienne de Chambley-Bussières on 20th July 2020 (Photo by Kevin Boon)

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    F-AZYB


    SE313B Alouette II F-AZYB (cn.1163) as seen at Nancy–Essey Airport in August 2020

    Former Marine '163'.

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  • Savoia
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    Grazie Jos, much appreciated.

    For me this reinforces the advantage of referring to the manufacturer's serial no. as the 'construction number' so as to make clear the distinction between different types of serials.

  • Rotorspot
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    Hi Enrico,

    In fact they are former South African military serials 19, 20 and 21 (not Rhodesian). As you know, civil aircraft have registrations, military ones have serials. Military serials are also referred to as serial numbers (when they only contain numbers).

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    ZU-BVW


    SE3130 ZU-BVW (cn.1471) as seen in Margate South Africa on 1st November 2014 (Photo by Justin Kennerley)

    Jos, if you're reading this could you explain why this aircraft has 'SN 21' written on its nose?

    On your database I see that cn's 1469, 1470 and 1471 were given the Rhodesian designations 19, 20 and 21 but why would these be considered serial numbers?

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    F-AYOO


    SE313B F-AYOO (cn.1523) as seen at Issy-les-Moulineaux on 3rd June 2020 (Photo by Vincent Dpn)

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  • Savoia
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    Price: £130,000
    Model: SA3130
    Manufacturer: Aérospatiale
    Construction no. 1583
    Year of Manufacture: 1962
    Current Registration: 2-ALOU
    Previous Registrations: XR379
    Total Time Airframe: 9,605
    Powerplant: Artouste II
    Total Time Powerplant: 500
    Location: UK



    https://www.europlanesales.com/aircr...uette-ii-313b/


    Alouette ii for sale alouette for sale alouette 2 for sale se3130 for sale se313b for sale alouette for sale

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  • Savoia
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    Low-level Alouette III flying in South Africa

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  • Savoia
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    Full Set of Lama Tail Rotor Blades Available



    Call: +39 349 101 5458

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    F-AYAZ


    SE313B F-AYAZ (cn.1442) at L’aérodrome de La Ferté-Alais in June 2019 (Photo by Alejo Barja)

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    5R-MKO




    SE318C 5R-MKO (cn.2021) as seen on Nosy Iranja Island, Madagascar in June 2015 (Photos by Christopher Calcerrada)

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    F-GLPV


    SE313B F-GLPV (cn.1443) as seen at Punitz-Güssing Airport in Austria on 31st December 2019 (Photo by Roland Bergmann)

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    F-AYPB


    SE313B Alouette II F-AYPB (cn.1060) as seen at Aérodrome La Ferté-Alais on 15th February 2020

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    SA315B RA-05740 (cn.2654) as seen 300km east of Bratsk on 5th March 2020 (Photo courtesy of Kirill)

    Avia member Kirill seen here with Heli-Dog 'Baikal'.

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    RA-05740

    A Russian Lama meets with an Arabian camel amidst the Siberian snow!


    SA315B RA-05740 (n.c2654) as seen near Bratsk in Russia on 6th February 2020 (Photo courtesy of Avia member Kirill)

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    Maltese Air Force SA316B AS9211 (cn.2295) as seen aat Malta Luqa Airport on 10th January 2020 (Photo by Gordon Zammit)

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  • Savoia
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    That is a lovely nostalgic shot XB, grazie mille! Do you think that is an auxiliary fuel tank we can see?

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    OO-CWH

    SE3130 Alouette II cn.1099 operated by Sabena in the Belgian Congo c.1958.

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    SA315B RA-05740 (cn.2654) as seen at Mostovoy Airfield in Bratsk, Russia on 3rd January 2020 (Photo courtesy of Kirill)

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    Snowlouette


    SA316C AL3 I-MDPB (cn.2001) as seen at Cervinia, Plateau Rosà in February 1991 (Photo by Roberto Picco)

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  • Savoia
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    Stefano is the one who can help us!

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    2-ALOU Change of Ownership

    The latest Guernsey register shows that 2-ALOU had a change of ownership on 24.10.19.

    This was mentioned before above with a picture of what looked like Richard Hammond as pilot ? Could he be the new owner ?

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  • Savoia
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    Alouette III action alongside some AS350
    'Belochka' clips from the Baikal area
    of Russia in December 2019

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  • Savoia
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    Avia Member Kirill's New Lama!


    740 at Zheleznogorsk Airport (180 kilometers east of Bratsk)


    The Lena river in Irkutsk province






    SA315B RA-05740 (cn.2654) as seen in the Lena river area within the Irkutsk region of Russia (270 kilometers northeast of Bratsk) on 6th December 2019 (Photos courtesy of Avia member Kirill)

    Kirill has during this past week taken delivery of this lovely Lama, RA-05740, which is former Swiss Helicopters bird HB-XTM. '740' has been fitted long-range tanks (which can be seen surrounding the main tank) and will join Kirill's Gazelle in Bratsk. Helicopters are a little like horses, in that they enjoy stable mates!
    We wish Kirill and those with him, many hours of safe and happy flying.

    Our congratulations to Kirill on acquiring his first Lama!

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  • Savoia
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    SA316B Alouette III 213 (cn.2116) as seen at Baldonnel Casement Aerodrome on 21st January 2004 (Photo by Nigel Howarth)

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  • Savoia
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    Former Swiss Helicopter Lama Bought by Avia Member

    A former Swiss Helicopter Lama has recently been bought by a member of Aviafora.

    More details together with photos to follow!

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    Indian Air Force Cheetah

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    SE3130 EI-AUI (cn.1648) as seen at Shannon airport on 10th July 1977 (Photo by Anton Heumann)

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    Belgian Army Alouette


    SA318C A69 (cn.2072) landing at Liège Airport in Belgium on 1st June 2002 (Photo by Joop de Groot)

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