ANTON LANINGA COLLECTION
No. 3313. Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II (PH-HEM c/n 1244) Schreiner Air Transport
Photographed in Iran, 1968
02/23/2004. Remarks by Anton Laninga, seen here at the controls of the Alouette (Lark): "My work in Iran was for a Dutch helicopter operator contractor to the Iranian oil company for helicopter support of oil exploration. We used the helicopters for moving people and equipment along the seismic line, which was a line done in the desert by surveyors. This line was the base line for the explosions and consequently recordings of the shock waves in the ground. These shockwave recordings were used to establish where oil could be, and in the most likely spot a drilling rig could be placed. Most of the time it worked out OK, but sometimes a dry hole was the result. I worked in Iran for over two years and it was one of the best times in my flying career."
Created February 23, 2004