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A-72 Sud-Aviation SA318C Alouette II c/n 2083 l/n 696C-A159 - SLV- - Brasschaat airfield in Belgium - 29 July 1997 Belgian Navy M-3

The SE-313B Alouette II is a single-engined utility helicopter that can accommodate up to 4 passengers. Development of the SE-3130 Alouette II started in the early 50s under the SNCA Sud-Est banner. The Sud-Est SE-3130 Alouette II was derived from the SE-3120 Alouette, a three-seater built in 1949 powered by a Salmson 9 NH piston engine. Two prototypes of the SE-3130 model were built, featuring a Turbomeca Artouste II turbine-engine and an enlarged cabin. The first flight of an SE.3130, the F-WWHE c/n 01, occurred on 12 March 1955, certification was achieved on 2 May 1957. The Alouette II entered production with Sud-Aviation that was formed when SNCASE merged with SNCASO on 1 September 1956. In 1964, the SE.3130 was replaced in production by the SE.3180 variant that differed in the installation of an Astazou II turbine-engine and a strengthened transmission system. In 1967, the SE.3130 was re-designated SE.313B; the SE.3180 was re-designated SE.318C. On 1 January 1970, Sud-Aviation was merged with a number of other French aerospace companies to form the SNIAS (Société Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale). The Alouette II remained in production until 1975. Over 1500 helicopters of the different versions of the Alouette II were built, including production under licence in the U.S.A, India and Sweden.

From 1984, SNIAS operated under the name of Aérospatiale. The helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aérospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group. As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

From 1959, Belgium ordered in total ninety Sud-Aviation Alouette II helicopters as replacement for the Piper L-18C Super Cub aircraft in service with the Aviation Légère de la Force Terrestre - Lichte Vliegwezen van de Landmacht (Belgian Army Light Aviation). Between 1959 and 1967, forty-two SE.3130 Alouette II and forty-two SE.3180 Alouette Astazou were ordered for the Landmacht (Army) and six SE.318C Alouette Astazou for the Gendarmerie-Rijkswacht (Police). Thirthy of the SE.318C Alouette Astazou helicopters were was assembled by SABCA in Gosselies.
On 3 July 1969, the SABCA assembled Sud-Aviation SE.3180 Alouette II s/n 2083 l/n 696C-A159 was flown first as OL-A72 at Gosselies in Belgium. On 2 September 1969, the SE.3180 Alouette II OL-A72 left Gosselies on delivery to the Lichte Vliegwezen van de Landmacht, first to the 255e Compagnie and on 5 September to the SLV-School Licht Vliegwezen (School of Light Aviation) at Brasschaat. In 1974, the airframe was converted by the 255 Cie Maint LtAvn to a SA-318C. As a Sud-Aviation SA-318C the OL-A72 resumed service with the SLV at Brasschaat. In 1976, registration OL-A72 changed to A-72. In 2005, Sud-Aviation SA-318C A-72 was withdrawn from service with the SLV. The aircframe of the A-72 moved to the Technical School, Saffraanberg, where it was used as an instructional airframe marked as 'A53' on the fuselage.
On 29 July 1997, the 1969-built Sud-Aviation SA-318C Alouette Astazou A-72 was seen at Brasschaat in service with the SLV-School Licht Vliegwezen.

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