This video has just appeared on the web: a Polish Mi-24 made in Russia is flying off vertically just like “a cobra ready to attack” as noted by American mass-media.
On the video shot in Afghanistan the helicopter looks rather threatening. It raises its tail and balances on its nose wheel moving to the air strip. The maneuver is actually used at high temperature and helicopter overload.
Poland is going to keep about thirty Mi-24 helicopters, most of them are more than 30 years.