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Don Bell - "Saaf Alouette III"

"Saaf Alouette III"

Saaf Alouette III
Pencil, US$ 145

Saaf Alouette III

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W: 420mm x H: 297mm
W: 17" x H: 12"

Approx. Weight: 0.1kg

This work is unframed


US$ 145 SOLD


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About "Saaf Alouette III"

The Alouette III helicopter is a legend in the South African Air Force. Doing all it was asked and more, this amazing helicopter served for 44 years and the fleet flew more than 346 000 hours. That equates to 39.5 years continuously in the air!
The first version of the Alouette III, the SE-3160 prototype, flew on 28 February 1959. The SAAF received its first examples in 1962. In all, 118 were delivered between 1962 and the late 1970s.
Used in many roles, the Alouette's primary role was qualifying helicopter pilots and flight engineers for the SA Air Force, its secondary roles of search and rescue and supporting internal stability in South Africa. It was also used extensively throughout the Bush War.
The Alouette III will be remembered for its durability in the challenging African environment. It has been said that if you can hover the Alouette you can hover any other helicopter. It was affectionately known as the "Draadkar", loved by its pilots and crew, feared by its enemies, and regarded as a saviour by those it rescued from a mountain ledge or a flood devastated area.

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About Don

Don Bell

I am a multi-faceted artist and illustrator, Senior Professional Architectural Technologist, former advertising exec and keen photographer. I work in oil, watercolours, charcoal, pencil, pen and mixed-media including digital art. I enjoy all types of subject matter ranging from wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, portraits - across the spectrum to architecture, contemporary art, aviation, ships, trains and still life.
My aviation works are well researched and the aircraft and locations are accurate as possible so that they provide a true historical record for others to appreciate.

I attended art classes from a young age and was privately tutored by Andre' Vancoillie, well known local artist and lecturer at the age of 16 years as well as Paul Lavender in water colours.
My appreciation to Mrs Chilcott, my high school art teacher who saw something in me and went out of her way to mentor me by giving me extra art lessons in her spare time.
I matriculated in art at the PE Technical College.

All my works are available as prints.

Price Range

US$ 54-14,465



I have participated in exhibitions at the Getaway Show Cape Town, Port Elizabeth St Georges Gallery, De Oude Kraal Luxury Guest Lodge, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Queenstown and EPSAC Port Elizabeth.

My aviation works are on display in the South African Air Force Museum Art Gallery in Forest Hill Port Elizabeth.


Art Matric + private tuition: Andre' Vancoillie & Paul Lavender

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