Aviation Photo #0197393 Mil V-12 (Mi-12) - Aeroflot

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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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Photo Added: October 26, 2001

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Anonymous
11 years ago
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!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sensational picture!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Really a big aircraft...wow...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing chopper!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This helicopter is displayed in Monino museum of Aviation-great thing...And less ugly than F-117 ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Beauty
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a great an incredible shot of the largest helicopter ever made
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great photo of the mighty Mi-12 amazing! Havent seen photos of this helicopter again since I was a kid wow
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow i always want to see thing photograph for years!!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
The best
Anonymous
8 years ago
WOW, i have never seen this before :-)
Its weird, but nice at the same time. Anything that flies is impressive to me.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Good photo..... not unlike the Fairey Rotadyne though.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Impressive Machine! Always wanted to see a picture of it airborne...
Anonymous
6 years ago
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!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
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 =)
Anonymous
6 years ago
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
Anonymous
6 years ago
Imagine seeing this in 1971. Looking at it from the year 2010 perspective, aviation hasn't made all that much progress..
Anonymous
6 years ago
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!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Helihopter - Vagon
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome shot of an magnific bird. Size does matter to the Russians. In Soviet-Russia the aircraft fly you.
Anonymous
6 years ago
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 ?
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wonder how survivable the V-12 would've been on the battlefield...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Impressive! Very impressive. And less ugly than the F-117? Haha, that's not exactly a compliment ;). Never the less, Great shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Well since most Russian aircraft look like american aircraft I'll take that as a compliment! Impressive Helicopter!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice to see this V-12, rare one...

Anonymous
5 years ago
The livery is unusual for that time... and I rather like it.
Anonymous
4 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
I like the little tiny wheels in the rear of this beast. This is not so ugly as it's unique. --DtD
Anonymous
1 year ago
Nice and rare

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