Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region

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Helicopter: Mil Mi-8S (NATO: Hip)

Mil Mi-8S (NATO: Hip)

  • Technical data

Rotor diameter 21.3 m (69 ft)
Fuselage length 25.24 m (82 ft)
Take-off weight 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
Maximum speed 250 km/h (135 kt)
Ceiling 4500 m (14,760 ft)
Range 520 km (320 mi)
Powerplant :
two TV-2-117 turboshaft engines, rated at 1,500 hp each
Virtual-tour :


Mi-8 is a medium transport helicopter, powered by two turboshaft engines, designed in early 1960s at the Mil Design Bureau in the USSR as the successor of the piston powered Mi-4. The first prototype, powered by a single engine first flew in 1961. The next prototype, powered by two engines TV-2, first flew in 1962. Mi-8 became one of the world's most popular transport helicopters. Numerous versions, like transport, passenger, VIP transport and rescue were developed as well as meny specialized subvariants, like minelayer, minesweeper and flying command post. More than 9,000 were built and the production of the development version continues. The Mi-14 amphibian helicopter is based on Mi-8 design.

In 1976 another Mi-17 version was developed (in Russia designated Mi-8M), powered by more powerful TV-3 engines, enhancing the helicopter's performance in hot and high environment, which was utilized by the Soviet army during the war in Afghanistan.

Polish military aviation has operated the Mi-8 since 1968 in the transport, rescue, executive and passenger version, and the Mi-17 since 1987. Three Mi-8s are also operated by the Police aviation.

The example on display, serial number 10620, tail number 620 is a Mi-8 of the military VIP transport variant. It was manufactured in 1973 at the Kazan Helicopter Plant. It served with the No. 36 Special Air Transport Regiment at Warsaw. It was one of Mi-8 used during JPII's visits in Poland. The helicopter was donated to the Museum in December 2009.


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