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The most unique Mil helicopters

December 12, 2017, 18:24 UTC+3

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, the world-famous designer and developer of helicopters including the Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-26 models, celebrates its 70th anniversary

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Mi-1 helicopter. It was the first Soviet helicopter to enter serial production.  More than 1,000 were built in the USSR and 1,594 in Poland, as SM-1
Mi-1 helicopter. It was the first Soviet helicopter to enter serial production.  More than 1,000 were built in the USSR and 1,594 in Poland, as SM-1
Mi-1 helicopter. It was the first Soviet helicopter to enter serial production. More than 1,000 were built in the USSR and 1,594 in Poland, as SM-1
© Anatoly Kuzyarin/TASS
Mi-8 helicopter. Mi-8 is used as a transport helicopter, an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform. It is among the world's most-produced helicopters, used by 92 countries
Mi-8 helicopter. Mi-8 is used as a transport helicopter, an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform. It is among the world's most-produced helicopters, used by 92 countries
Mi-8 helicopter. Mi-8 is used as a transport helicopter, an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform. It is among the world's most-produced helicopters, used by 92 countries
© Marina Lystseva/TASS
Mi-10, a Soviet military transport helicopter of flying crane configuration, developed from the Mi-6, entering service in 1963
Mi-10, a Soviet military transport helicopter of flying crane configuration, developed from the Mi-6, entering service in 1963
Mi-10, a Soviet military transport helicopter of flying crane configuration, developed from the Mi-6, entering service in 1963
© Sergei Preobrazhenskiy/TASS
Mi-12 heavy-lift helicopter, the largest helicopter ever built
Mi-12 heavy-lift helicopter, the largest helicopter ever built
Mi-12 heavy-lift helicopter, the largest helicopter ever built
© Marina Lystseva/TASS
Mi-14 shore-based nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopter derived from the earlier Mi-8. All Mi-14 helicopters were decommissioned in 1996, but In 2016, Russian Helicopters said that the helicopter's production may be revived
Mi-14 shore-based nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopter derived from the earlier Mi-8. All Mi-14 helicopters were decommissioned in 1996, but In 2016, Russian Helicopters said that the helicopter's production may be revived
Mi-14 shore-based nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopter derived from the earlier Mi-8. All Mi-14 helicopters were decommissioned in 1996, but In 2016, Russian Helicopters said that the helicopter's production may be revived
© Roman Denisov/TASS
Mi-24 attack helicopter. It has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with more than 45 other nations. Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the "flying tank"
Mi-24 attack helicopter. It has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with more than 45 other nations. Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the "flying tank"
Mi-24 attack helicopter. It has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with more than 45 other nations. Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the "flying tank"
© TASS
Mi-26 heavy lift cargo helicopter. Operated by both military and civilian operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series production
Mi-26 heavy lift cargo helicopter. Operated by both military and civilian operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series production
Mi-26 heavy lift cargo helicopter. Operated by both military and civilian operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series production
© Marina Lystseva/TASS
Mi-PSV (prospective high speed helicopter) is experimental helicopter based on the Mi-24. A Mi-24LL PSV demonstrator flew at speed of 405 km/h during recent tests
Mi-PSV (prospective high speed helicopter) is experimental helicopter based on the Mi-24. A Mi-24LL PSV demonstrator flew at speed of 405 km/h during recent tests
Mi-PSV (prospective high speed helicopter) is experimental helicopter based on the Mi-24. A Mi-24LL PSV demonstrator flew at speed of 405 km/h during recent tests
© Ladislav Karpov/TASS
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Mi-1 helicopter. It was the first Soviet helicopter to enter serial production. More than 1,000 were built in the USSR and 1,594 in Poland, as SM-1
© Anatoly Kuzyarin/TASS
Mi-8 helicopter. Mi-8 is used as a transport helicopter, an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform. It is among the world's most-produced helicopters, used by 92 countries
© Marina Lystseva/TASS
Mi-10, a Soviet military transport helicopter of flying crane configuration, developed from the Mi-6, entering service in 1963
© Sergei Preobrazhenskiy/TASS
Mi-12 heavy-lift helicopter, the largest helicopter ever built
© Marina Lystseva/TASS
Mi-14 shore-based nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopter derived from the earlier Mi-8. All Mi-14 helicopters were decommissioned in 1996, but In 2016, Russian Helicopters said that the helicopter's production may be revived
© Roman Denisov/TASS
Mi-24 attack helicopter. It has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with more than 45 other nations. Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the "flying tank"
© TASS
Mi-26 heavy lift cargo helicopter. Operated by both military and civilian operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series production
© Marina Lystseva/TASS
Mi-PSV (prospective high speed helicopter) is experimental helicopter based on the Mi-24. A Mi-24LL PSV demonstrator flew at speed of 405 km/h during recent tests
© Ladislav Karpov/TASS

On December 12, 1947 Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant was established under the guidance of Soviet aerospace engineer Mikhail Mil. The Mi-1 became the first mass-produced Soviet helicopter. The Mi-8 helicopter, designed in the early 1960s, is among the world's most-produced helicopters, used by 92 countries. Mil merged with Kamov and Rostvertol to form Russian Helicopters in 2006.

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