The Mil Mi-8MTV-1 is a 24-seat multi-role transport helicopter powered by two Klimov TV3-117VM turboshaft engines.
The Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name 'Hip') was evolved from the piston-engined Mil Mi-4. The prototype
flew first on 24 June 1961 powered by a single 2700 shp Soloviev AI-24V turboshaft mounted above the cabin.
The 4-blade rotor system was generally similar to that of the Mil Mi-4. The second machine, with the single
Soloviev supplanted by a pair of two 1400 shp Isotov TV2-117 turbines, flew first on 17 September 1962.
In 1963, the 5-blade rotor that became standard for the production machines replaced the 4-blade rotor.
The Mil Mi-8 has a basic crew of two with provision for a third crewmember, a cabin for 28 passengers or, in
the ambulance role 12 casualty stretchers and two medical attendants. The Mi-8 was exported to over 50 countries.
In 1981, the Mi-8 was replaced in production by the re-engined Mi-17 that was flown first in 1980 as the Mi-8MT
(Modified Transport). The Mi-17-1V is the export equivalent of the Mil Mi-8MTV-1.
Over 12000 Mi-8s and Mi-17s were built.
A number of times a year, Mil Mi-8 / Mil Mi-17 helicopters of the 2nd Arkhangelsk United Aviation
Division use Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands for a stop on their way from Archangels
to Africa vv. The Federal State Unitary Enterprise "The 2nd Arkhangelsk UAD" is the
oldest air company in the North of Russia. Its history goes back to 1935, when it offered services
for the first time and since that it is still the main-cargo carrier in the region. On 13 February 2002,
Mil Mi-8MTV-1 RA-25455 came in from Malmö in Sweden under flight number OAO9101. The Mil Mi-8MTV-1 is
also known as the Mil Mi-17-1V. On 14 February 2002, the helicopter was photographed
when it departed to Charleroi in Belgium.