Did You Know: the Largest Helicopter in the World


Did you know that the world’s largest helicopter can carry an aircraft, another helicopter or a military truck? The history of this helicopter is very powerful! For example, this helicopter flew over the burning reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and over hot spots around the world in the UN peacekeeping missions. It can carry cargoes with a weight of twenty tons at the distance of 2000 km. Can you guess what we are talking about?

It is Mil Mi-26 helicopter! Mi-26 is a Soviet multipurpose transport helicopter. Designed and built by Moscow-based Mil Helicopters, the Mi-26 stands roughly the same height as a three-story building and its rotors have the same span as the wings of an Airbus A320. Its first flight was performed on the 14th of December, 1977. Nevertheless, this has been the largest serial transport helicopter in the world until now.

Photo source: b-domke.de

A Soviet Mi-26 “Halo” helicopter sprays chemicals to suppress the radiation near the fourth destroyed nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine, on May 9, 1986 / Photo source: nbcnews.com

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