These Soviet helicopters will be displayed at the annual air show at La Bourge in Paris.
These Soviet helicopters will be displayed at the annual air show at La Bourge in Paris. In the morning of May 18th the MI-6, MI-8, MI-10k and KA-25k helicopters were ready to take off at an airfield near Moscow. These helicopters are the brainchildren of the prominent Soviet designers Mikhail Mil and Nikolai Kamov.
The MI-10k flying crane is the biggest craft capable of carrying payload up to 12 tons on outer suspension at a speed of 210 miles. per hour
The KA-25k helicopter can also be used as a flying crane and for transportation purposes. The craft has two coaxial turboprop engines. It is capable of developing a speed up to 132 miles an hour. The helicopters weighs a little more than 7 tons and can carry loads up to 2 tons. The helicopters with coaxial engines of this tonnage are manufactured only in the Soviet Union.
The helicopter is small and comes in handy for fishermen. Its blades are folded automatically and the craft can be housed under the sheds on the fishing ships.
In this sea-going version the KA-25k helicopter is fitted out with removable floats for emergency landing on the sea.
The passenger MI-8 helicopter has replaced the older MI-4. The new craft can seat 24 passengers.
The world-famous MI-6 will be displayed in its fire-fighting version. It takes only 2 minutes to pump 11 tons of water into the fuselage.
During their 5-day cruise to Paris the helicopters are to make stop-overs in Vietbsk, Byelorussia, Vilnius, capital of Soviet Lithuania, Warsaw, Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.