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SA 321 Super Frelon



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Specifications
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    Crew:
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    Year Deployed:
utility
five
Turbomeca Turmo
3 x 1,473 h.p. ea.
75 ft. 6 in.
22 ft. 2 in.
62 ft.
15,130 lbs.
27,558 lbs.
130 mph
171 mph
984 fpm
10,171 feet
634 miles
12/7/62
1966






SA 321 Super Frelon
SA 321 Super Frelon


The SA 321 Super Frelon (Hornet) is the largest production European helicopter. It was designed to meet requirements by France for a utility, mid size, military helicopter. Sikorsky aided in the overall design and Fiat manufactured the transmission and gears.

Prototype test flights began in December of 1962. The helicopter entered into service with the French military in 1966. It was originally equipped with radar, mounted in a nose pod, and Exocet anti-shipping missiles. It could also carry up to four anti submarine torpedoes. A later version of the SA 321 Super Frelon was introduced as a transport helicopter. In addition to their maritime roles, the helicopters are used by France for aerial refueling of small Naval vessels, for supply replenishment, and search and rescue.

China, France, Iraq, Israel, Libya and South Africa all used the SA 321 Super Frelon. In 1973 the aircraft saw action with Israel as an assault transport. In its war with Iran, Iraq utilized the SA 321 Super Frelon against shipping.


A total of 99 SA 321 Super Frelon helicopters were produced by Aerospatiale. Production, under license, continues in China under the designation Z-8.



SA 321 Super Frelon
SA 321 Super Frelon


The picture above, and all of the following pictures on this page are of the SA 321 Super Frelon built from a 1/35 scale Heiler plastic model kit by Christian Allen. It is 31 3/4" long, and 9" high. It uses a Neu Power 3432/18 motor driving carbon Piccolo pro rotors through a Schulze 20 gear box.



SA 321 Super Frelon
SA 321 Super Frelon



SA 321 Super Frelon



SA 321 Super Frelon
SA 321 Super Frelon