AEROSPATIALE SE316 ALOUETTE III

The Alouette SE316 Helicopter was built by built by Aerospatiale at Marignane, Marseilles, France. The first example was flown on 28 February 1959. The SAAF was an early customer for the Alouette III helicopter with the first examples arriving and being taken on charge in South Africa during in February 1962. A total of 118 of these helicopters were eventually acquired and operated with 15, 16, 17, 19, 22 and 31 Squadron as well as 87 Helicopter Flying School.

ALPHA XH-1 HELICOPTER PROTOTYPE

The 1977 arms embargo against South Africa still in place and the increasing South African Air Force involvement in the conflict in Angola where the SAAF faced more and more sophisticated Soviet technology, the requirement to develop South Africa’s helicopter technology base and the need for a light attack helicopter was identified. During March 1981, a contract was signed with the Atlas Aircraft Corporation to design and manufacture a light attack helicopter and construction began in January 1983. The Alpha XH-1 prototype helicopter was the result of this programme

AEROSPATIALE SA-330C PUMA SERIAL 133

During January 1970, the first if SA330C Puma helicopters (serials 121-140) were delivered to the South African Air Force and allocated to 19 Squadron after assembly at 11 Air Depot at Ysterplaat.  19 Squadron at that stage was divided into two flights, "A" Flight was stationed at Zwartkop and "B" Flight was stationed at Durban.  The Puma helicopter was involved in all the major search and rescue as well as aid operations since 1973.  The Puma's endurance, speed and reliability, made it the most versatile helicopter in SAAF service.

AEROSPATIALE SA321L SUPER FRELON HELICOPTER SERIAL 309
The SA-321L Super Frelon was developed by Sud-Aviation and flown in for the first time on 7 December 1962.  Both civilian and military versions of the Super Frelon were built, with the military variants being the most numerous by far, entering service with the French military as well as being exported to Israel, South Africa, Libya, China and Iraq.  The fuselage resembles the hull of a boat as this helicopter was designed as an amphibious, anti-submarine helicopter, but the SAAF bought them for use as a land-based heavy-duty work-horse.

WESTLAND WASP HAS. MK 1 HELICOPTER

The Westland Wasp first flew in the United Kingdom during July 1958.  In October 1963, the first six of a total of sixteen Helicopters were delivered to the South African Air Force between 1963 and 1974.  Wasp 96 on display was taken on charge in May 1974 and was the last helicopter to be delivered and was issued to 22 Flight (later re-designated 22 Squadron in May 1976) which had been formed at AFS Ysterplaat in January 1964.