Technical Distribution often needs specialist equipment, but seldom a soviet-era helicopter.
I have been involved in some Technical Distribution activities over the years so I’m used to stair-crawlers, cranes and the like but a couple of weeks ago I saw something new.
Apologies for the poor quality of the picture above, but i was visiting a friend and didn’t have my camera with me. I heard the sound of a chopper and when I looked up two odd thoughts occurred to me:
- ‘That’s an unusual helicopter flying over the rooftops’; and
- ‘What’s it doing with a large piece of equipment hanging underneath it?’
It flew into the middle of town, hovered for a while, lowered its load, then rose and flew back whence it came. My local aerospace expert identified the aircraft as a Mil Mi-8. That’s one hell of a specialist piece of kit.