Flightline Friday: America’s “Hind” December 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday.
Real short post- the Soviet/Russian Mil-24 “Hind” has been an effective close air support helicopter for the Russians for years. Different from the American approach with the AH-1 Cobra, failed AH-56 Cheyenne, and AH-64 Apache, which are all two seat helicopters that tried to minimize frontal aspect to improve speed and present less of a target, the Mil-24 is a huge beast that is not only an attack helicopter but can also carry 8 combat loaded soldiers. It’s sort of a combination attack helo and transport, though used predominately in the former role.
I haven’t the time to go into the history much, but after the failure of the Advanced Aerial Fire Support System/AH-56 Cheyenne program, the Army cast about for an improvement on the Cobra to serve as a dedicated anti-armor helo in Europe, to help oppose the massive Soviet superiority in tanks and armored vehicles. Two aircraft were evaluated after the failure of the Cheyenne, the Bell 309 – an improved Cobra – and the Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk (no relation to the Blackhawk of today).
The S-67 was a real departure from American attack helicopter practice in that it was also a very large aircraft that could carry several (some say 6, some 8) fully equipped men into combat, rather like the Hind. It was also for a time the fastest American, if not the world’s, helicopter.
Anyway totes out of time, here she is:
Video shows troop insertion, but poor quality:
Later it was modified with a “fantail” ducted propeller tail rotor:
Weak, but I haven’t done one in ages. Enjoy, I guess. Some pics give an idea of the helicopter’s size: