Wooden coat hangers in Royal Dutch Alouette 07092011
Filed under: Netherlands, RNLAF, 300 squadron, Alouette, Dutch Air Force, Sud Aviation, A-292, Aerospatiale, EHEH, Eindhoven AB, helicopter, SA316
Sud Aviation (Aerospatiale) SA 316B Alouette III c/n 1292 and tail number A-292 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Eindhoven air base in The Netherlands (EHEH) on 7 September 2011. It is one of four Alouette IIIs retained by the Dutch air force of an original fleet of 77. Two wooden coat hangers above the back seats are visible in the reflection of the rotor blade, intended for Royal Coats and general's jackets, as the helicopter is part of what is informally called the "Royal Flight". The four remaining Alouette IIIs lost their camouflage colour scheme in 1994 and were painted dark blue, to be used for VIP transport of Dutch Queen Beatrix and other members of the royal family and high ranking military and civil officials. Note the crown painted on the nose. A-292 entered service with the RNLAF on 5 July 1965.
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