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When first flown in 1957, the Mi-6 Hook was the world's largest rotary-wing aircraft. More than 800 of this heavy-lift helicopter were built before production ended in 1981. The large, five-blade main rotor is centered over the fuselage midsection. The stabilizing wings are unequally tapered with blunt tips, mounted high on the fuselage, and tilted upward to the front. Two turboshafts are mounted on top of fuselage midsection with round air intakes above cockpit. Oval-shaped exhaust ports on sides. The fuselage is long and bus-like, with a round, stepped-up cockpit and round, glassed-in nose section and fixed landing gear. The upswept rear section has a tapered tail boom. The swept-back fin is tapered with a small rotor on right and unequally tapered flats forward of the fin.


Country of Origin Russia
Builder Mil
RoleHeavy transport (65 equipped troops), vehicles
Similar AircraftMi-26 Halo, CH-3 Jolly Green Giant
Rotor diameter 115 ft (35 m)
Length 109 ft (33.3 m)
Maximum speed
Cruising speed
Service Ceiling
Armament Machine gun
Crew Five
User Countries Algeria, CIS, Egypt, Iraq, Laos, Peru, Syria, Vietnam

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