Kachinsky Air Garrison; Helicopters

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Kacha is not only aircraft but helicopters as well. Over here, in Crimea, such sorts of aircraft as search-and-rescue KA-27PS helicopters, antisubmarine KA-27PL and multipurpose MI-8 ones.

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KA-27PS, a search-and-rescue helicopter.

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Amount of stars on the door states how many war missions a helicopter underwent.

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A dashboard looks not like in the other helicopters.

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There are some bags with warm clothes in the salon which are being delivered to a ship in distress.

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Next chopper is KA-27PL, where ‘PL’ in Russian means ‘antisubmarine.’ They are kinda look-alike with its buddy KA-27PS and only radiolocator shell gives it away.

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Like in BE-12 from the first post it has a radiodetector to seek a would-be aggressor out.

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There is a special winch fixed up in the cabin which douses a radio sounding device into the water at a depth of 150 meters (500 feet.) With the help of the device a soundman detects a submarine.

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A radio sounding device itself.

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Apart from KA series helicopters there are some MI-8 located at the base.

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Inside of the cabin of MI-8 adjusted an extra fuel tank. At full load the helicopter can carry 26 people.

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MI-8 helicopters are much roomier than their counterparts, KA-series choppers.

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Lots of helicopterists have their own modern GPS navigators set up for a better route control.

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And as a final titbit there are some shots of the town of Kacha where the base is located.

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Photos and story via sergeydolya

21 thoughts on “Kachinsky Air Garrison; Helicopters”

  1. I like the three blade electric fan on the windshield post (pics 7 + 8). It has no guard around it. Imagine the pilot sticking his hand into it while flying. CHOP!

  2. How come Soviet was so fond of the unnatural colors cyan, lime green and reddish brown in all military and civilian vehicles and weapons? Did some color blind general order a million litres too much?

    • “why don’t you ask them why such colors were chosen”

      But I think I did just a while ago. Yes, in fact you replied to the very same question. Clearly you are in no position to answer this.

      • You are correct, but because I’m not stressing myself over it, I don’t need to sound like a juvenile.

        I could, however; guess that some of the pigmentation choices have an economic component (cheaper), superior corrosion resistance, and they provide instant recognition of the aircraft’s unit affiliation. It is also considered good for morale to allow the personnel some lee-way in how the colors are applied and maintained.

        I suppose I could give other reasons too, the bottom line is simply this, just because you personally don’t like the colors chosen does not mean they are bad or weird colors.

      • Correct. I was just kinda whacked by how you phrased your “request” for information on how the colors were chosen.

        You shouldn’t be surprised when you are not answered. When you approach questions in that fashion it turns folks off.

        • I don’t regret phrasing using the word unnatural, or ending with a pun.

          Normally military choose natural (boring) colors to maximize camouflage, and on the inside to minimize eye strain and improve night vision. I’m not talking about the exterior of the KA-27PS, which has a typical air force sky camouflage color range that almost blends into the sky on photo #2.

          This cyan interior is unnatural and eye straining. Compare to the US aircrafts that most use black or gray (see uscockpits.com). Also civilian planes have this instrumentation color, which I presume is because the soviet civilian aircrafts were designed to be easily converted into bombers in case of war. And the lime green I’ve seen on e.g. soviet anti-personnel mines make them easier to spot than other armies’ which are olive.

          I could buy your explanation of economic reasons, but I think every country tries to minimize paint costs. But not at the expense of the individual soldier.

          • Believe it or not, Soviet/Russian aircraft interior coloration is result of much serious study. The particular color bluish/greenish is found to best for elimination of pilot’s eye fatigue. It also provides necessary degree of contrast in all lighting conditions against the instruments. Most useful for flying when having to rely on instruments only.

  3. I’m disappointed at the picture of the world on the side of the chopper (Pic 6)…..It doesn’t have New Zealand !
    LOL 🙂

  4. Whoever calls this old junk should know that mi-8 is the workhorse of the world. Yes that’s right most mass produced helo in history.

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