Silverstreak From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 976 times:
Tonight on the NBC evening news, I think I saw what looked like an Russian Mil-8 helicopter being used to carry Mexican police officiers on a large drug bust yesterday on the U.S.-Mexico border. Did I see that image correctly? Also, are there many Russian helicopters operating in North America? I recall I read an Russian article on the 'net that Mil was going through hard financial times. Can anyone clarify the exact state of this manufacturer?
Latinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2753 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 960 times:
I believe that your assumption was correct, although I'm not certain exactly what kind of Russian helicopters you're talking about.
However, let me tell you that Russian helicopters are not an uncommon sight in Latin America. They are very prominent, especially in Central America and some South American countries. The reason is that they are very good workhorses and are very cheap to obtain. I actually had the opportunity to ride on a Peruvian Air Force - Russian made helicopter over the Andes a few years ago. I noticed that most of the aircraft that the Peruvian Air Force operates (including fighter jets) are Russian made.