Soviet Flying Crane – Mi-10K

Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K

Soviet crane-helicopter Mi-10K designed by Soviet engineers with direct participation of the Central Committee of CPSU, today we can see it not far from the city of Kaluga, on Oreshkovo airfield, Russia. Let’s examine the helicopter inside and out.

Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K

The helicopter is not very big.

Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K
Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K
Mi-10K (crane) is a civic version of the military Mi-10. They intended to carry missiles including nuclear ones by Mi-10 but finally refused this idea due to certain unsolved challenges with the external suspension.
Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K
Along with missiles the country had many construction projects that required transportation of loads, so they modified Mi-10 into a crane-helicopter Mi-10K with a shorter undercarriage and without hydraulic clamps.
Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K
So they finally crated a flying crane that could carry 3 000 kg or 11 800 kg on the external suspension.
Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K
Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K
Soviet Flying Crane - Mi-10K

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