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Flight Craft 10: Mil' Mi-6/-26 (Paperback)

Heavy-Lift Helicopters


By Yefim Gordon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Flight Craft
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781473823891
Published: 4th May 2016



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Developed in the early 1950s to meet a Soviet Army requirement and first flown in June 1957, the Mi-6 was the largest-yet helicopter created in the Soviet Union. Its notable features included a power-plant consisting of two turbo-shaft engines (for the first time on a Soviet helicopter) and stub wings offloading the main rotor in forward flight; the cabin was big enough to accommodate artillery systems and tactical ballistic missiles. Built by two plants, the Mi-6 saw service with the Soviet Air Force (including participation in the Afghan War) and the air arms of several Soviet allies. It also proved valuable as a civil air-lifter during oilfield exploration in Siberia, remaining in service right the way up to 2002.

A worthy successor to the Mi-6 appeared in 1977 – the Mi-26. With its 20-ton payload, it was (and still is) the world’s largest and most capable transport helicopter. Again, the Mi-26 had both military and commercial uses (the former included participation in several armed conflicts); the type is still in production, being updated to meet modern requirements, and has been exported to several countries in Asia and Latin America.

The book describes the history, variants and service career of the Mil’ ‘big lifters’ and contains a detailed overview of the scale model kits covering these types which are currently available on the market.

The book is very well written by two of the foremost authors on Russian Aircraft Yefim Gordon and Dimitriy Komissarov fantastic research material for anyone wanting to build one of these huge helicopters.

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High Quality first-class documentation.

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Miniaturas JM

Happy owners of the models Amodel, Zvezda or Revell at 1/72 or Eastern model at 1/144, here finally the documentation to better know the Russian flying crane

Cocardes, December 2016 – January 2017 – reviewed by Sam Pretat

An interesting book that fills one serious gap in the field of publications dedicated to helicopters.

Rivista Italiana Difesa, May 2017 – reviewed by Marco de Montis

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Fliegerblatt, 2016 (no.4)

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Helico Revue

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JP4, November 2016

The Mil's giants helicopters Mi-6 and Mi-26 are truly amazing flying machines. The Mi-6 (Hook for NATO) take off in 1957 when most western helos were still powered by piston engines and struggling to lift payloads in the 2.000 kg range.
This book finally makes justice to these two powerful and efficient flying machines (the Mi-26 Halo is still in production since 1982 and holds the most records in lifting capacities) with good technical details and operational history. Particularly moving and dramatic the chronicle of the Chernobyl tragedy solved by the impressive braveness and sacrifice of the Mi-26's crews.
Many colour photos and detailed profiles and drawings complete a very interesting book, recommended to all helo's fans.
4 Stars!

Marco De Montis - Amazon

This Flightcraft series is developing into an excellent, good value resource for modellers and aircraft enthusiasts alike. Particularly attractive is that this one covers a couple of types which were for so long something of a mystery, hidden away behind the Iron Curtain, but now we get a concise and very readable account of their development and service life as well.

Military Modelling online, June 2016 - Robin Buckland

About Yefim Gordon

Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years and has one of the world's largest photograph and document archives on the subject. A professional aviation journalist and photographer since 1989, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Soviet, Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has also authored and co-authored well over 100 books on Soviet and Russian aviation which are published in seven countries. He is a co-owner of the Moscow-based aviation publishing house Polygon Press Ltd.

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