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F-BSRM Aérospatiale SE.313B Alouette II c/n 1183 - Héli Union - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - September 1972 more at vliegveld Eelde

The Aérospatiale 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.

In September 1972, Héli Union' Sud-Aviation SE.313 B Alouette II F-BSRM was photographed at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands. In 1958, was the helicopter built as a Sud-Aviation SE.3130 Alouette II powered by a Turbomeca Artouste II C6 engine. On 27 June 1958, the aircraft was registered first with Distilleries Ricard. On 9 June 1961, the Alouette was transferred to Helicop Air. The F-BIPV was registered on 9 October 1961 with Gyrafrique in Algiers and was transferred to Gyrafrance on 6 June 1962. The helicopter entered the Héli-Union-France fleet on 1 April 1963. The registration F-BIPV was cancelled in 1969 and the helicopter was registered in Canada as CF-YBV. After the helicopter was returned to France it was registered F-BSRM with Héli-Union on 7 April 1971. The fate of the F-BSRM is unknown, however the F-BSRM was in 2014 still registered as an Eurocopter France SE 313B Alouette II with the Compagnie Nationale de Navigation SAS as owner and Héli-Union as operator.

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