Sud Aviation SA.316B Alouette III

In 1971 three Sud Aviation SA316B Alouette III were bought for the Belgian Navy for use as supply helicopter for ships at see. They are primarely deployed on the support ships A960 Godetia and A961 Zinnia (now withdrawn from service). They were operated by a Marine Flight, that reported to 40 Squadron, based at Koksijde. Since july 2004 the flight is completely absorbed by 40 Squadron.

M-1 c/n 1812 ex F-ZWBE (testregistration) call-sign OT-ZPA
  • 110371: acceptance flight at Marignane, France piloted by 1LV P.Segers
  • 180371: delivery to Koksijde.
  • 180371: taken on charge by Marine Flight, Koksijde, Belgian Navy
  • 250788: during a nightflight during 'Operation Octopus' in the Persian Gulf the helicopter had to ditch at sea. The pilot managed to get airborne again and land on A961 Zinna. Only sustaining light damage, the helicopter was airlifted to Koksijde by C130 for an anti-corrosion threatment
  • 181198: modified at Marseille with a (NATO standard) harpoon that fits in the deckgrid of most NATO-ships
  • 000006: active with 40 Squadron, Koksijde



Sud Aviation SA.316B Alouette III - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Beauvechain 020906 - Photo Laurent Heyligen (c)

M-2 c/n 1816 ex F-ZWBF (testregistration) call-sign OT-ZPB
  • 110371: acceptance flight at Marignane, France piloted by 1LV P.Segers
  • 180371: delivery to Koksijde
  • 180371: taken on charge by Marine Flight, Koksijde, Belgian Navy
  • 091171: first decklanding on BNS Zinnia in the port of Den Helder, piloted by 1LV René Vandegehugte (pilot) and Jacques Beyens (mecanic)
  • 241072: 500th decklanding on BNS Zinnia, pilot 1LV René Vandegehucte
  • 150673: 1000th decklanding on BNS Zinnia, pilot EDV Luc Van Maercke near Cape Finistere
  • 070979: after a paradrop near Kortrijk the helicopter crashed near the road Kortrijk-Spiere near Kooigem. Crew : 1LTZ Luc Van Maercke and 1MR Van den Berghe (both unhurt). The helicopter sustained serious damage to the tailboom and was repaired at Koksijde.
  • 180780: light damage after a collision with a truck during the Open Door at Koksijde.
  • 000501: first noted with special colorscheme '30 Years Alouette III'
  • 000402: first noted with modified markings 'M-2' in stead of 'OT-ZPB' on starboard side
  • 000006: active with 40 Squadron, Koksijde

Sud Aviation SA.316B Alouette III - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Beauvechain 150905 - Photo Laurent Heyligen (c)

M-3 c/n 1817 call-sign OT-ZPC
  • 270471: acceptance flight at Marignane, France, piloted by 1LV P.Segers
  • 290471: delivery to Koksijde (crew : 1LV P.Segers and 1LV R.Vandegehucte)
  • 000093: painted in a white colorscheme and with UM-marks for operation 'Restore Hope' in Somalia.
  • 180501: first noted with special colorscheme '30 Years Alouette III'
  • 000006: active with 40 Squadron, Koksijde

Sud Aviation SA.316B Alouette III - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection : Laurent Heyligen


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