Stunning Photos of Helicopters at the Aircraft Boneyard in Moscow Region, Russia. Mi-2 and Mi-8 helicopters are abandoned on the airfield. Aircraft boneyard keeps helicopters for parts or possible reuse.
The boneyard’s most important function is to serve as a huge, open-air parts warehouse for the Russian military and others. And as the only facility of its kind near Moscow, the boneyard is often the only place to find the parts needed for certain types of Mi-2 and Mi-8 helicopters.
The Mi-2 is basically a turbine-powered development of the Mi-1 in which, by mounting two small shaft turbine engines above the fuselage, the entire cabin area can be made available for a payload. First announced in autumn 1961, the Mi-2 was flown for the first time two years later and is powered by two 400shp Isotov GTD-350 shaft turbine engines mounted side by side above the cabin.
As the Russian plants were fully occupied with production of the Mi-8 and other heavy helicopters in the Mil series, an agreement was reached with WSK-Swidnik to manufacture the Mi-2 in Poland, and they took over production and development rights in 1964. The first Polish Mi-2 had flown before this in November 1963, and once trials were completed, large-scale production began in 1965.
The Mi-2 was first introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1965. The Mi-2 is used by mainly former Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries.
The Mil Mi-8 helicopter is a medium twin-turbine helicopter, originally designed by the Soviet Union, and now produced by Russia. In addition to its most common role as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 is also used as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform. Few of the Mil Mi-8 helicopters were used in Russian Arctic expeditions before placed into storage at the boneyard.
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