d'un blessé sur civière par l'Alouette du détachement
SAR de Waterford.
injured person is winched on the stretcher by the SAR crew of
you ever to name Irish Air Corps' most versatile aircraft, the
Alouette III would probably be at the top of the list.
a matter of fact this strong French manufactured helicopter accomplishes
a wide variety of tasks since the delivery of the first ship (
No 195 ) that took place on November 25, 1963.
Lieutenant Niall Buckley se prépare avant un vol
d'entraînement en montagne. L'avionique, bien qu'étant
moderne et de qualité, ne permet toutefois que
le vol VFR.
Niall Buckley performs pre-flight checks prior a training
sortie. The IAC's Alouettes are allowed for VFR flights
only even if avionics is recent and of quality.
day the seven Alouettes of 3rd Support Wing demonstrate their
versatility for rescue missions either in the mountains or along
the Irish shores as well as for cargo or personnel transports.
de chaque atterrissage, le mécanicien de bord assiste
le pilote en l'informant des obstacles situés à
proximité de l'hélicoptère.
Engineer is the pilot's forward looking eyes for every
seven of eight originally delivered Alouette III's ( No 202 was
damaged in a accident ) are based at Baldonnel, which is Ireland's
main military airfield. It is located close to Dublin's western
suburbs. However a SAR Detachment still subsists at Waterford.
It is made of an Alouette with its crew but should be soon replaced
by a Government contracted civilian helicopter.
if Irish Air Corps should get some medium-lift helicopters in
the near future, no definitive withdrawal is foreseen today for
the appreciated Alouette III's.