A museum of helicopters has opened in the summer center of Torzhok since 1989. The museum is unique, it includes 14 engines that represent the history of the helicopter industry in Russia. The museum director, Alexander Manko is a combat pilot who has 3600 flying hours and more than 150 combat missions in Afghanistan, he is also a retired lieutenant colonel. He was awarded with the Order of the Red Star for the development of Mi-24A, and with the Order of the Red Banner for combat missions in Afghanistan. He flew on Mi-1 Mi-2, the Mi-8 and Mi-24.
The first Soviet helicopter Mi-1. Its first flight was made in 1948, the helicopter was used for trainings in flight schools until the middle 1970s.
Mi-2 was created for the replacement of the Mi-1 helicopter and is used in the civil aviation nowadays.
The first military transport helicopter of the Soviet armed forces Mi-4.