The Helicopter Museum
Eastern European Helicopters


The Helicopter Museum
Locking Moor Road
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset,
BS24 8PP, England

Tel. 01934-635227


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The East European helicopter industry was dominated by Mikhail Mil who
ranks as one of the world’s leading rotorcraft designers.
Mil was the head of his own design bureau by 1947 having been head
of the Soviet Air Force's 1st Rotorcraft Squadron during World War II.
At one time Mil helicopters represented 95% of all helicopters in service in East Europe.

Another major design influence in Russia was Nikolai Kamov who was working
on helicopter designs as early as 1929. His designs all incorporated a
co-axial contra-rotating rotor system.

Examples of both designers’ can be found in the Museum collection.

 

Mil Mi-1 "Hare", 2007 Mil Mi-1 "Hare"

The Mi-1 was designed by Mikhail Mil in 1945 to meet a Soviet requirement for a two/three seat helicopter and the museum example is a Polish built SM-1 variant, completed by PZL-Swidnik, Poland in 1959. Used primarily for pilot training from 1962 until is final log book entry dated 29th November 1990. Purchased by the Museum in 1992 it was delivered in 1993. It is restored in Soviet markings as an example of the first Russian production helicopter

 

Mil Mi-2, SP-SAY Mil Mi-2

The first of two Russian designed Mi-2s first flew in 1961. The Mi-2 was put into production in Poland at the PZL-Swidnik plant. The museum model was built in 1985 and was operated by ZEUS, a civil company, it was purchased in by Helicopter International magazine  and donated to the museum in 1997.

 

Mil Mi-4 "Hound", 9147 Mil Mi-4 "Hound"

The Mil Mi-4 assault transport was the product of an October 1951 ultimatum by Stalin for the design and construction of a transport helicopter within 12 months. The museum model was last in service with the Czechoslovak Air Force. It was purchased in 1992 and delivered by road in major sections during the first half of 1993. Reassembly and restoration began in 1995 and was finished in late 1996, but some missing parts are still required, especially in the cockpit area, to complete the restoration.

 

Mil Mi-8PS

The museum model is a rare Mi-8PS, initially delivered to the Polish Air Force for service in a VIP configuration and identifiable by the square, rather than round, cabin windows.Retired in 2005 this is the first Russian Mil Mi-8 to go on display in the UK and arrived at the Museum in 2010.

 

Mil Mi-24D "Hind", 96+26/421 Mil Mi-24D "Hind"

The Hind in the Museum collection is a Mi-24D variant with full armament including a 12.7mm four barrel machine gun, four Falanga anti-tank missiles and 80 rockets in four under wing pods. First flown on 2nd April 1981 it was delivered to the East German Army based at Basephol, North of Berlin. In early 1992 the Hind squadrons disbanded. The German Government allocated it to the Helicopter Museum and a team went to Basephol in early 1995 to dismantle and transport it to the UK in February 1995 with assistance from Bristow Helicopters.

 

WSK-Swidnik SM-2 WSK-Swidnik SM-2

The SM-2 helicopter was developed as a Polish derivative of the Soviet Mil Mi-1. The museum model was built in 1961 in Swidnik, Poland and is one of only a handful that still survive today. Withdrawn from service by the end of the 1970s it was a gate guardian at a Polish Air Force base, it was sold in early 1991 and subsequently offered to the Museum. It was delivered by road, using two vehicles in June 1991, then reassembled and  restored.

 

Kamov Ka-26 "Hoodlum", D-HOAY Kamov Ka-26 "Hoodlum"

Designed by the Kamov design bureau the Ka-26 features a co-axial contra-rotating main rotor system with two three-bladed rotors, set one above the other and turning in opposite directions. The museum model was originally purchased by Interflug in East Germany in 1973 and was stored in a museum in Berlin and the museum exchanged a spare WS-55 Whirlwind Series 3 and later purchased a cabin pod to complete the aircraft.


 

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