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Picture of the Mil V-12 (Mi-12) aircraft

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More: Mil V-12 (Mi-12)
More: Copenhagen - Kastrup (CPH / EKCH)
More: Denmark, May 25, 1971
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CCCP-21142 / H-833 Unless a NATO reconnaissance aircraft photographed it over the Baltic, I believe I am the first in the "Free World" to see it!! It was the big surprise at the Paris Salon that year, but it was also a big surprise for me when it came to Copenhagen for re-fuelling a few days earlier. Note the airshow number H-833.
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A visitor from United States posted Fri August 9, 2013:
I like the little tiny wheels in the rear of this beast. This is not so ugly as it's unique. --DtD

A visitor from - posted Thu August 2, 2012:
Well for all those complaining about the beauty of it, just like the bears, the ugliest bear is the most beautiful one in terms of aggressiveness. If this one was still operational, I'm sure Mi-26 would have become its baby sister.

A visitor from - posted Sat December 3, 2011:
The livery is unusual for that time... and I rather like it.

A visitor from - posted Wed March 9, 2011:
Nice to see this V-12, rare one...

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 30, 2011:
Well since most Russian aircraft look like american aircraft I'll take that as a compliment! Impressive Helicopter!

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 23, 2010:
Impressive! Very impressive. And less ugly than the F-117? Haha, that's not exactly a compliment ;). Never the less, Great shot!

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 23, 2010:
Wonder how survivable the V-12 would've been on the battlefield...

A visitor from France posted Thu October 28, 2010:
Russian aircraft are always impressive, but seldom ugly. I remember to see this at TV for the first flight when I'm 11 years old ... Glorious USSR !!! ;-)
... How many aircraft made by Australia ?

A visitor from India posted Mon September 27, 2010:
Awesome shot of an magnific bird. Size does matter to the Russians. In Soviet-Russia the aircraft fly you.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon September 27, 2010:
Helihopter - Vagon

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri July 16, 2010:
Did you know that the navigator was in the upper cockpit and the pilots below? and ugly? this thing is strange but not ugly at all!

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 6, 2010:
Imagine seeing this in 1971. Looking at it from the year 2010 perspective, aviation hasn't made all that much progress..

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri May 28, 2010:
WOW,that is amazing!
I thought the Mil Mi-12 has never been used again after a few testflights.
Absolutely cool to see it being used

A visitor from - posted Fri May 28, 2010:
I've seen it at Monino, I was feeling like an ant... a very gorgeous machine. I always thought that russian fighters and bombers are the most beautiful in the world. Sure, nothing like CAC Boomerang =)

A visitor from - posted Fri April 2, 2010:
Russian aircraft might have lacked in luxury but were never ugly. At least as good in appearance as anything other in the world of aviation ever produced.. But what you see here is a really unique gizmo never existed neither before nor afterwards from any other manufacturer.. Love it!!!

A visitor from - posted Fri April 2, 2010:
Impressive Machine! Always wanted to see a picture of it airborne...

A visitor from France posted Wed August 12, 2009:
Good photo..... not unlike the Fairey Rotadyne though.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 22, 2008:
WOW, i have never seen this before :-)
Its weird, but nice at the same time. Anything that flies is impressive to me.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri June 13, 2008:
The best

A visitor from Indonesia posted Mon December 3, 2007:
Wow i always want to see thing photograph for years!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 17, 2007:
Great photo of the mighty Mi-12 amazing! Havent seen photos of this helicopter again since I was a kid wow

A visitor from United States posted Tue August 29, 2006:
This is a great an incredible shot of the largest helicopter ever made

A visitor from Australia posted Sun May 21, 2006:
Wow! Beauty

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon April 3, 2006:
This helicopter is displayed in Monino museum of Aviation-great thing...And less ugly than F-117 ;)

A visitor from Mexico posted Thu March 23, 2006:
Amazing chopper!!!!

A visitor from Germany posted Fri February 24, 2006:
Really a big aircraft...wow...

A visitor from Switzerland posted Wed November 23, 2005:
Sensational picture!

A visitor from Australia posted Sat November 12, 2005:
Best photo i've ever seen of this BIG ugly thing. 1st rule of avation... if it's big or ugly it must be russian!

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