THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - ALOUETTE III
Powerplant: 1 x 570 shp Turbomeca Artouste IIIB turboshaft
Speed: 210 kph, 130mph mph
Range: 540km, 335miles
Length: 10.03m, 32ft 11in
Span: 11.02m, 2ft 2in
Empty Weight: 1 108kg, 2,442lb
Max T/O Weight: 2 200kg, 4,850lb
Period of Service: 1962 - 2007
Manufacturer: Sud Aviation
Country of Manufacture: France
Like the Puma, Super Frelon (Hornet) and Alouette (Lark) II, all previously used by the SAAF, a product of Sud Aviation, now part of Eurocopter (hence the "SA" in the original designation).
The type has faithfully served the SAAF for over 40 years.