09/30/2009. Remarks by Ray Watkins: "The prototype SE 3130 was followed by three pre-series aircraft with the Artouste II engine, and the type received a French certificate of airworthiness in May 1957. When SNCASE merged with SNCASO in 1957 to form Sud Aviation the type retained the designation, however, in 1967 it was redesignated as the SA 318B.
The type was the first French aircraft of any kind to obtain a type certificate in the USA. Further development of the model resulted in the fitment of the Astazou IIA engine which led to an extension of the Alouette II's French certificate of airworthiness on February 18, 1964 for the SA 3180 version, in 1967 redesignated as the SA 318C.
The Alouette II versions became one of the most successful French helicopters with a total of 1305 in use by 126 civil and military operators in 46 countries. Production ceased in 1975.
The picture shows the twelfth production SE 3130, still carrying its test registration, configured for medivac operation with one seat removed and stretchers on side panniers. This aircraft was converted to the third SA 3180 (c/n 03)."