The Aérospatiale Alouette II from France is a light helicopter originally manufactured by Sud Aviation and later Aérospatiale. It was the first production helicopter to use a gas turbine instead of a conventional heavier piston engine. The type was used by the military but also many civil operators. During operational use, it showed to be a very reliable helicopter that almost always just worked.
Alouette II Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu / Dutch Air Force)
This light transport and rescue-utility helicopter was used between 1959 and 1966 by the Dutch Air Force.
Note: this photographed helicopter at the Dutch Air Force museum (MLM) at Soesterberg is NOT the original "H-4", but a former Belgian (!) Alouette (coded A-29). It has been modified with a wheel type undercarriage and re-painted as the "H-4".
Photographed, May 2005 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Alouette II (Belgian Air Force)
This Alouette II version has a skid with 2 wheels for moving on the ground. It has the code "A66" and was photographed during an Open day.
Photographed, July 2008 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland