Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon

ICAO aircraft code FREL
Manufacturer Aérospatiale
Country France
New price 1.25 million USD (1970)

The Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon (“Super Hornet”) is a three-engined heavy transport helicopter produced by Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale).


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Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon specifications


ICAO aircraft code
New purchase price
1.25 million USD (1970)

Aircraft performance

3 × Turboméca Turmo IIIC turboshafts, 1,160 kW (1,550 shp) each
1,020 km (630 mi, 550 nmi)
Service Ceiling
3,150 m (10,330 ft)
4 hrs
Rate of Climb
6.66 m/s (1,312 ft/min)

Weight & dimensions

27 passengers/15 stretchers
19.40 m (63 ft 8 in)
6.66 m (21 ft 10 in)
Rotor diameter
18.90 m (62 ft 0 in)
Max take-off weight
13,000 kg (28,660 lb)

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About the Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon

The medium-lift SA 321 Super Frelon is produced by Sud Aviation, one of the world’s largest helicopter manufacturers. Developed from a long line of big helicopters, the Super Frelon was one of the company’s biggest helicopter development programs. The SA 321 is one of the most popular large helicopters currently in service with military and civilian operators around the globe, including China, where Super Frelons are manufactured locally as the Z-8. The civilian version of the SA 321 Super Frelon, the SA 321F, can carry 37 passengers and is a favorite among helicopter taxi operators.

Did you know?

The SA 321 Super Frelon once held the record for the world’s fastest helicopter and Europe’s most powerful helicopter.

The Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon is one of the biggest helicopters in the world.

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