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Giving a Buddy a Lift

By Staff Writer | June 1, 2015
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A Mil Mi-26T carries the 15.4-ton fuselage of a Mi-26 military transport from Yoshkar-Ola in Russia’s Mari El Republic to Russian Helicopters’ plant in Rostov-on-Don, a distance of more than 900 miles. The operation took nine days, Russian Helicopters said, and its route passed through Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Penza, Saratov, Kamyshin, Volgograd, and Volgodonsk and weather that varied from winter to summer conditions. Russian Helicopters said the fuselage was transported by Rostvertol-Avia for repair work ordered by Experimental Design Bureau Rostov-Mil. First produced in 1985, the Mi-26T was stripped of its military counterpart’s arms and armor and fitted with additional radio communications, avionics and navigation systems, as well as an automatic hover system.
Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters

A Mil Mi-26T carries the 15.4-ton fuselage of a Mi-26 military transport from Yoshkar-Ola in Russia’s Mari El Republic to Russian Helicopters’ plant in Rostov-on-Don, a distance of more than 900 miles. The operation took nine days, Russian Helicopters said, and its route passed through Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Penza, Saratov, Kamyshin, Volgograd, and Volgodonsk and weather that varied from winter to summer conditions. Russian Helicopters said the fuselage was transported by Rostvertol-Avia for repair work ordered by Experimental Design Bureau Rostov-Mil. First produced in 1985, the Mi-26T was stripped of its military counterpart’s arms and armor and fitted with additional radio communications, avionics and navigation systems, as well as an automatic hover system.Photo courtesy of Russian HelicoptersCOMMERCIAL

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