Mi-24, The Flying Crocodile

This is Russian helicopter MI-24, but these particular are from Polish army. Poland during Soviet era was buying a lot of weapons from Soviet Union.

In Russia pilots call it “The Crocodile” because some of it’s form resemble some reptile according to their point of view.

So this Polish pilots decided to go further and drew reptile eyes on their helicopters, so now the crocodile analogy can be seen even more precisely.
mi-24, Russian helicopter

mi-24, Russian helicopter

mi-24, Russian helicopter

mi-24, Russian helicopter

mi-24, Russian helicopter

mi-24, Russian helicopter

mi-24, Russian helicopter

mi-24, Russian helicopter

27 thoughts on “Mi-24, The Flying Crocodile”

  1. nice to see something from poland 😉

    besides all the wars and fightings we are still very close countries. And (some times unfortunetely) very similar in behaviour (drinking and ‘having fun’ aspects)

  2. Polish army, how nice 🙂

    I someone dosen’t know, we are in NATO since 1999 and we buy some F16 from US Army. But helicopters are still the same..

    Greetings from Poland!

  3. Reminds me more of a dragonfly than a croc.

    Renton’s comment is nice to hear; it would be nice if Russia and the slavic nations she once dominated could put their hatreds aside. The Soviets did much damage to Ukrainians and Poles (and Latvians, and. . .), but the Soviets did a lot of damage to the Russians themselves, too.

      • Of course. To live in soviet style is only way for whole (not Putin’s really) Russia to be powerfull, kindly to own people and terrifying to enemies. So what to prefer? You know the only answer. Live in western style means to be your slaves, sorry(((

  4. zxc, if you look carefully in the pictures, closelly to the rocket pod wings, you’ll see a square, red and white, with four squares inside.

    That’s the Polish Army sign. So, they’re polish… 😉

    One of the best chopper’s of their time.

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  5. Nice mod, but i wonder how did it affect performance? The “sockets” of those spherical “eyes” are actually air intakes for the engines, and they are blocked…

    • “The “sockets” of those spherical “eyes” are actually air intakes for the engines, and they are blocked…”
      actually this is very common in modern helos to cover intake agains birds and in order to reduce both heat and noise signature.
      most of the helicopters have this part carefully engineered.
      this is not village BMW tuning, not in aviation.

  6. Acts_of_Atrocity, these are indeed air intakes, but they have dust-blocking devices normally installed on them – this is where the eyes are painted. By the way, these eyes are not only for decoration but also to prevent bird strikes – scares them away.

  7. color scheme could use a little work, like vivid colors or just red and white but clean and vivid.

    these helicopters are well known amongst the menhaden’s

    somewhere I read a raghead commander wrote

    “We aren’t afraid of the Russians, we are afraid of their helicopters”

    although the mi-24 has an air to air capability, it’s no match even against an old f-86 saber or mig 15 but it makes up for this inability with extraordinary anti helicopter and unbeatable ground attack/assault capabilities.

    If the poles are smart their gonna go and do what Pakistan went and did, buy the best aircraft from different countries, then equip them with the best electronics in existence from France… and say if Poland was to be invaded by Germany or whoever they’d not only defend the first wave but most likely send that top notch air force to their aggressive neighbor and well, you people get the idea… use your imagination.

    P.S stealth has no meaning on a battle field if the gunner can see you with his eyes and with his infrared camera.

  8. For the guy claims theese arent from polish army

    title

    “This is Russian helicopter MI-24, but these particular are from Polish army”

    check the word POLISH, still no?

  9. and no, Mi-24 chosen mainly due to their cruise speed.
    because 24 designed mainly for Airborne Assailt troops[“ДШБ”, suscessors of “[М]ШИСБР” from WWII-era, but airborne and have CAS due to Subj capabilities].
    or in short – because seconds matter like NOTHING more on modern battlefield[especially for those units(disbanded now].
    in other key aspects, incuding operational radius, altitude noise profile, protection, avionics, firepower[and even more precise with same as 24’s, parts], Ka-29F is FAR Superior.

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