Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 is the most widespread and used helicopter in Russian Northern areas. Thousands people would suffer from hunger and cold if those steel machines won’t be coming to them each day to deliver foods, medicines, gas and transport people. Some Russian Northern villages are even sending kids to school via helicopter each day! Let’s see a few nice shots by Sergey who went to one Northern area and saw those Polar Mi-8s:

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

That’s a typical Russian Northern Mi-8. Its propeller blades are covered with tarps to prevent them from catching ice.

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Local dogs at every village are happy when a helicopter arrives as pilots and passengers might have treats for them.

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

The pilots who work there – elite Russian men often, who passed various hard exams to get into flying schools. At some places there is up to 25 person per 1 available spot, so they choose the best of the best both physically and mentally trained and tested.

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Flights going on all short day long as many places needed to be visited during short Polar winter days.

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Sometimes those helicopters have to fly above the Northern Seas.

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Same Mi-8s but in military versions are widely used by Russian army and before were used by Soviet army for example in Afghanistan.

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

People line up for a boarding to go for a work in distant Northern oil and gas drilling facilities.

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Mi-8 the Hardworking Norther Helper Helicopter

Hope you like the photos of those Northern Mi-8s. Thanks goes to Sergey, his website is below:

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