7 Another Visit to Torzhok

Another Visit to Torzhok

Today we’ll make another visit to the flight training center in Torzhok where the flight personnel is getting prepared and retrained.

Inside the Mi-8 simulator.

The Air Force’s combat employment and retraining center was formed in November 1, 1979. The pilots working for the center fulfilled tasks of Soviet and Russian government and participated in war conflicts in Kampuchea, Angola, Yugoslavia, and Sierra Leone as part of Peace-Suport Forces of UN.

Interviewing pilots in the cabin.

Visiting a small museum of helicopters.

The Mi-10 is a military transport airplane that was made operational in 1963.

Unfortunately, these machines had never been widely used.

The Mi-6 is a heavy war plane.

A multi-functional helicopter Ка-26.


Ka-26 was the first military helicopter in the USSR.

Observing how airplanes at the air field are controlled. The Mi-26 is the largest production helicopter in the world.

The Mi-28 is an all-weather day-night military tandem two-seat anti-armour attack helicopter. It carries a single gun in an undernose barbette, plus external loads carried on pylons beneath stub wings.

The Mi-28 has two heavily armored cockpits, a windshield able to withstand hits from 7.62–12.7 mm caliber bullets, a nose equipped with electronics, and a narrow-X tail rotor (55 deg) with reduced noise characteristics. It is powered by two 2,200 hp Isotov TV-3-117VM (t/n 014) turboshaft engines.

The airfield.

The Mil Mi-8  is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter that can also act as a gunship. The Mi-8 is the world’s most-produced helicopter, and is used by over 50 countries.


The Ka-50  is a single-seat Russian attack helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau. It was designed in the 1980s and adopted for service in the Russian army in 1995.  During the late 1990s, Kamov and Israel Aerospace Industries developed a tandem-seat cockpit version, the Kamov Ka-50-2 “Erdogan”, to compete in Turkey’s attack helicopter competition. Kamov also designed another two-seat variant, the Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator”.

And Ka-52.


Unfortunately, aerobatic teams don’t like using helicopters much is spite of the fact that the view can be much more attractive than the one with airplanes.

Helicopter pilots are usually busy with regular military training and don’t participate in air shows.

Location: Torzhok

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7 responses to “Another Visit to Torzhok”

  1. Russian Boy says:

    Ka-26 was the first CIVIL helicopter in the USSR. But the descendant of the Ka-226 was again the military. They are better paid.

  2. ayaa says:

    You dont make any sense at all. how can the military be descended from a helicopter. Is there something I’m missing?

  3. Anon150 says:

    I’m curious…

    “The Mi-28 has two heavily armored cockpits..(snip).. and a narrow-X tail rotor (55 deg) with reduced noise characteristics. It is powered by two 2,200 hp Isotov TV-3-117VM (t/n 014) turboshaft engines.”

    How much difference will a quiet tail rotor make when a pair of turboshaft monsters are howling away?

    It seems like the equivalent of low-noise tires on a Harley…

    • pepper says:

      With helicopters it’s almost always the rotors that you hear first. So if you can make those quiet then you increase the stealth capabilities of the helicopter. Note that most of them can fly below radar anyway so not getting noticed by ground forces has a higher priority.

  4. testicules says:

    Are these the same helicopters we always see?

  5. Amaabo says:

    1st you say the Ka52 is the best helo in the world, then you say the eurocopter and the Ah-64 are the same as it


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