Sud Aviation SE3130 Alouette II (Artouste)

In 1960 three Alouette II helicopters were bought (together with the first batch for the Belgian Army) for use by the Force Publique/Openbare Macht in the Congo.
Deliveries were in early 1960, and due to the events in the country in mid-1960 their career was very short.

A51 C/n 1341 Line-nr: 156C
Previous Identity: F-WIEN (test registration)
  • 000058: Ordered, part of first batch for Belgian Light Aviation
  • 000460: Delivered Force Publique/Openbare Macht
  • 170760: Aircraft is forced to land behind the cement factory 'Cico' near Thysville (Congo). Pilot Cdt. Kervyn de Meerendree and his passenger Mr. André Ryckmans is taken prisoner by rebels. Both are transferred to Thysville for interrogation and later murdered.
  • 000760: Struck of charge
  • 000960: used by the Moroccon detachment of UNO
  • 020262: Found derelict near Matadi
  • 000000: Repaired by WIGMO-mecanics
  • 000000: to Force Aérienne Congolaise
  • 000000: to Force Aérienne Zairoise as FAZ1341 (Callsign WL-04)
  • 000000: re-registered 9T-HE1
  • 110576: Registered F-BSGX Heli Inter SA, St Ouen l'Aumone (France)
  • 000000: Cancelled (reason given 'crashed')

Sud Aviation SE3130 Alouette II (Artouste) - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
A51 as used by UNO - Jean-Pierre Sonck Collection

A52 C/n 1365 Line-nr: 166C
  • 000058: Ordered, part of first batch for Belgian Light Aviation
  • 000460: Delivered Force Publique/Openbare Macht
  • 180760: Emergency landing in Congo and impounded by rebels
  • 000000: to Katangan Air Force as KAT-52
Sud Aviation SE3130 Alouette II (Artouste) - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
As KAT-52 of the AviKat - Daniel Brackx Collection

A53 C/n 1366 Line-nr: 167C
  • 000058: Ordered, part of first batch for Belgian Light Aviation
  • 000060: Delivered Force Publique/Openbare Macht
  • 000000: to Katangan Air Force as KAT-53
  • 000000: to Forçe Aérienne Congolaise
  • 000000: to Forçe Aérienne Zairoise as FAZ1366

Sud Aviation SE3130 Alouette II (Artouste) - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Kitona - Hubert Sermon Collection


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