The Kazakhstan Air Forces have been armed with a second heavy transport helicopter Mil Mi-26. In service with civilian and military operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into mass production.
Practice flights of the Mi-26 were carried out at a military airbase in Almaty. The helicopter under discussion has spent a few years in Novosibirsk undergoing major repairs and now it is adjusted to peculiarities of the Air Forces of Kazakhstan. The Mi-26 is designed for many purposes, from military equipment and personnel transportation to fire extinguishing.
There are different helicopters at the airbase but the Mi-26 is unmistakable.
The photographs have been taken from an American H-2.
The city’s industrial area looks pretty interesting when seen from the helicopter.
The Mi-26 may lift up to 20 tons! It has been registered in Guinness World Records for lifting 20 tons of load at an altitude of 6,000 m!