Im probably going to be slated for this topic but am i alone in being embaressed that the defence forces actually had the alouettes for 43years
im not critising air-corps or any operations they performed over the years i just think its bad we had them for so long i aint a fan of it anyway an i was just wondering how other people thought of it....im probably going to be the most unpopular person on this forum now!!! just the way some people make them out to be so great and comparing them to the bell-huey an there service to the US...i just dont see it
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They did their job well if you look at the lives they saved etc.
Also their a credit to the maintenance section.
Saturn5 wrote:Hi every1,
am i alone in being embaressed that the defence forces actually had the alouettes for 43years
Yes, I should think so
In fact you should be more embarrassed about not understanding why they were still flying, and possibly should be still flying
Sure look how old the b52 is and getting upgrades, what do you replace an alouette with, another alouette. I dont post regularly but on this occasion i had to thrown in my 2c worth.
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This wasn't the case with the (far newer) Dauphin, so they got rid of it, it's as simple as that.
Dogbiscuit wrote:And the Swiss AF had them as well, great performer in the Alps.
AFAIK Still holds the world altitude record for a Helo. And the RNLAF Operate 4 as the Dutch Royal Family refuse to fly in any other Helicopter. Aslo the South African AF Use them in the CSAR Role and the Pakistan Navy still use them. And wasnt it 44 years of service Op.
Going into the future many airforces will keep their aircraft in service for longer and longer. The time when an air force only got five or more years out of an aircraft are long gone.
The Alouettes remained in service so long not just because they did the job admirably but because in truth the Air Corps have a relatively benign operational environment. Aerospatiale estimated at one point that the Air Corps should over the years have lost 20 Alouettes in accidents. That out of a fleet of 8. In the end, I think only one had a properly serious accident. That tells as much about how they were used as it tells you of their reliability. They were essentially day VFR craft, never saw combat or overseas service. Their only really stressful period was when they were used for rescue work. Flown by professional pilots, maintained to the highest standards. No wonder they lasted as long they did.
Excellent aircraft though. I will miss that jingly jangly whine passing by as they did for so many years as I grew up.
i suppose i was being lil small minded about the alouettes, i didnt think of it from all angles......still dont like em but credit where credit is due
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