Mi-8. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.
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Mi-8. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.

Mi-8. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.

 

The development of the helicopter.

In 1960, the Mil M.L. began developing a new transport helicopter to replace the outdated Mi-4. An experimental prototype with the designation V-8 made its first flight in June 1961. The helicopter was equipped with one AI-24 GTE and a four-bladed main rotor from the Mi-4. Later, the designers made a number of improvements. The power plant was replaced with two TB2-117 gas turbine engines. The main rotor became five-bladed.

Description: Mi-8 helicopter. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.

Engine AI-24.

 

The production and release.

On September 17 1962, the start of flight testing. Helicopter fully lived up to its promise. With 1965, he went into production under the designation Mi-8. The design of this machine was so successful that its production and modernization are still going on. Today Mi-8 is one of the most common transport helicopters in the world. It produced more than 8000 machines in different versions. The helicopter is operated in more than 50-countries of the world.

Description: Mi-8 helicopter. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.

Mi-8 cabin

By its design, Mi-8 is a single-rotor helicopter. The semi-monocoque fuselage consists of the cockpit of the pilots, the cargo compartment and the tail boom. The cockpit of pilots is three-seat designed for two pilots and flight mechanic. The cargo cabin can be adapted for the transport of goods or equipped with seats for passengers. In the transport variant, loading is made through a two-leaf cargo hatch. Chassis tri-pendant non-retractable. The power plant consists of two GTE TV2-117 (TV3-117MT), 2x1710 (2x3065) hp. Supporting screw five-blade with all-metal blades. Three-bladed steering screw.

Description: Mi-8 helicopter. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.

TV2-117A engine.

 

Modifications of the helicopter.

There are more than 30 modifications of this machine, the main among which are the Mi-8T (transport) and Mi-8P (passenger). The Mi-8AMTSh is an airborne assault variant with missile and machine gun armament. The helicopter is used to perform a wide range of tasks, both in civil aviation and in the Air Force. Since the 70s, the Mi-8 has been used in many military conflicts in different parts of the world.

Description: Mi-8 helicopter. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.

Mi-8P (passenger).

Description: Mi-8 helicopter. The first tests. Characteristics. A photo. Video.

Mi-8T (transport).

 


 

Main characteristics.

Maximum take-off weight of the helicopter is 12000 (13000) kg. Maximum speed 250 km / h. Service ceiling m 4500. 480 km Practical range. The load may consist of 4000 kg in the cargo or 3000 kg on external sling. The passenger version designed to carry passengers 24. In various troop-transport helicopter modifications can accommodate about 30-12 five soldiers and wounded on a stretcher with escort.

A complete list of helicopter characteristics and modifications. 

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