Mil Mi-8PS 10618
Russia’s first turbine-engined medium transport helicopter photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20 April 2013.
First flown in the early 1960s with a large open cabin with rear ramp access. Over 11,000 Mi-8 variants have been built to date. This example is a rare Mi-8PS, initially delivered to the Polish Air Force in the 1970s for service in a VIP configuration. Externally identifiable by the square, rather than round, cabin windows the PS variant was built in limited numbers for heads of state and similar high-ranking VIPs but modified for a military Command and Control role and allocated to No. 37PST assault regiment at Leznica Wielka near Lodz.
Retired in 2005 this is the first Russian Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter to go on display in the UK and the 18m (60ft) long aircraft arrived at the Museum by road on 5th February 2010.
Picture added on 08 October 2013 at 07:59