Russian blogger Zzhitel went to the once top secret military facility where legendary Soviet and now Russian MI-8 helicopters are produced. It is one of the most widely used helicopters in the world. Over 100 countries have them. This factory is 75 years old already. They do it all here – start with a project and then make final product – full production cycle. Also later provide service for the machines. Thanks to Zzhitel we can see it from inside!
It looks all modern and nice now.
The actual helicopter body assemblage is being made on those frames looking like whale skeletons.
This factory was making other stuff before the helicopters. During WW2 it was producing bi-wing planes – biplanes. Over 10,000 of such were produced here in 1941-1945.
Then after the war, they made harvesters for the fields to help the Soviet country return to peaceful life.
And then in 1951 first helicopters started being built here. The first ones were MI-1 model.
Over 7,000 people work here now.
It has its own cafeteria with very low prices. Like this small baked treat for just 10 cents.
All the prices are very low compared to restaraunts. You can get a lot of food just for $1.50.
These days there are a few modifications of the helicopter to suit different needs, including military.
The ones that have round windows are for transporting goods, the ones with the more rectangled ones is for the passenger transportation.
Rivets are still being widely used here.
As the helicopter body advances thru the workshop it gets more finished look.
Then it’s being washed and painted.
In special paint job chambers.
Some parts are being painted separately.
This is a freshly painted machine.
Most of the helicopters go to the army.
Here is a ready made helicopter.
And here is an exhibition of other finnished products.
Even some VIP helicopters for business and official use.
Also cats, they live here.
Near the factory they have an airfield to field-test the machines.
The price of MI-8 helicopter starts from $15,000,000 and depends on the needs of the customer, it can be custom painted or equipped as well.
This one is also a V.I.P. machine.
It has got its own kitchen.
With full set of dishes.
And a toilet.
And this one is a “Simple” helicopter they make here. It’s price starts from $5Million.
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