We’ve already visited the flight training center in Torzhok. Nowadays the center uses the helicopters Mil Mi-24P, Mi-24PN, Mi-26 and Mi-8 of different modifications. Probably soon the Mi-35M will be added to the center armoury, but pilots consider this profound modernisation of the Mi-24 as a transition version between the Mil Mi-24 and the Mi-28N/Ka-52. Moreover a group of Brazilian pilots studies in the center. Recently Brazil bought several Mi-35, the export modification of the Mi-24.
This helicopter is used by the flight group “Berkuts” (golden eagles) that performs difficult flights on military helicopters.
Machines of this group differ from the rest Mi-24P only in color, but they all are used for every day flights.
Symbols of the group “Berkuts”.
The Mil Mi-24PN.
The night helicopter glasses serve for flights on the night version of the Mil Mi-24. A counterweight is used to avoid sliding down of glasses on a face.
Glasses are, of course, an indispensable thing, but they worsen the sight.
New helmets are specially adapted for helicopters.
The layout of the Mil Mi-8MTV-5.
This old 1,5 tone anti-aircraft gun is used for pilots’ training.
Preparations before a flight.
A suspension of a guided missile.
The guided missile 9M120F “Attack”.
A cartridge belt for the Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1.
Containers with cartridges for missing of thermal targets.
The take off.
The Mi-8 working on the firing ground.
The cannon 2A42-1.
Results of a guided missile shooting.
Lights of targets for night shootings.
All the firing ground is covered with splinters of missiles, bombs and shells.
A tube of a guided missile.
A complex simulator of the helicopter Mi-8MTV-5 crew.
Soon the specialized simulator for the helicopter Mil Mi-28N crew will appear in the center.
Fastening details of paratroopers’ small arms.