We are at the museum of Monino, the Moscow region to see the legendary Mi-10 helicopter close. Unfortunately Mi-10 do not fly in Russia anymore though one vehicle can still fly up in the air but it deserves a separate
post... Mi-10 is a further development of Mi-6, a military utility helicopter. It was designed in 1961-64, put into service in 1963. The helicopter was serially made by the Rostov helicopter factory.
Military photojournalists often were with their cameras at places where they almost had no chances to survive. Thanks to their enormous work we have an oppurtunity to touch the history today and to see the war with our own eyes. Mikhail Savin was one of such photojournalists. His shots are real classics today. Mikhail was born in far 1915, started to take photos in 1941. He managed to catch interesting moments of Soviet
troops retreat, the defense of Moscow, the Kursk battle, attack of Soviet troops in Europe etc. He had a talisman and believed it always helped him to survive on the most difficult and hopeless days. It was a porcelain ring for curtains hanging. All his work is one of the best samples of how a real professional treats what he does. It gave us a chance to see the war the way it really was.
"Ruslan" or "Condor" is the plane with the world largest carrying capacity (excluding "An-225 Mriya" which is the only one). It can carry 880 soldiers, some tanks, a garage of cars, a train with a locomotive and even other
planes. To fully load it there must be 150 tons of cargo. It broke the record when carried 171 tons in the Soviet time in response to the American C5-Galaxy. Let's have a closer view of the plane right now.
Welcome aboard the biggest serially produced helicopter in the world! You will be surprised but if you place it near an airliner Boeing 737, it will be even longer! The diameter of its screw is as much as 4 meters longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 737 of the classic series. This flying monster can be compared with an ant. Because it is one of the few vehicles able to lift and transport a cargo of the weight comparable with its own. The distance at which such a cargo can
be transported is up to 800 km! This helicopter was designed in the middle of the 70s and it's still produced in many modificaions - as a military and transport one, as a passenger, passenger-transport one, as a flying crane, as a medical one etc. Three hundred of Mi-26 units produced for these years have been used for military and civil services in various countries - Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, India, China and even in Laos and Peru.