flights at sea with French Navy's s/n 1013 Alouette III. Test
Pilot Gérard HENRY tells (16-01-2006) : "It was the
first Alouette III that was fitted with floats and allocated
to the French Navy. Pictures were taken on the deck of helicopter-carrier
frigate named "La Galissonnière". It was the first
deck landing of this type of helicopter equipped with floats,
harpoon and a blade folding system. Both last systems were
designed at the special request of the Navy. They were intended
to allow safe landings of helicopters on ship decks with list
angle up to 20 degrees and to allow sheltering of helicopters
with their blades folded in ship deck hangars in order to
protect them from the elements. Harpoon definition tests were
completed without list that day due to a very calm sea. Demonstration
practices of blade folding and hangar entry were also completed".
left to right on the first picture : Test Pilot Gérard HENRY,
Flying Engineer Henri PETIT and R&D Engineer Jacques PROT.
Crew Maurice GIRARD can be seen between Henri PETIT and Jacques
PROT on second picture.
deck officer (?) can be seen with Gérard HENRY on the third
are from Gérard HENRY's collection.
information about La
Galissonnière on NetMarine.net.
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