Mi-26 Halo. First flight: 1977 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Photo from the personal collection of Kostas Panitsidis


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NATO reporting name: Halo

 

A heavy single-rotor transport/troop carrier helicopter featuring a lifting capability of 20 tonnes powered by two D-136 11,400-hp engines. Its maiden flight took place on 14 December, 1977. Series production began at the Rostvertol plant in 1980. 


Mi-26 Heavy lift cargo helicopter © Konstantinos Panitsidis



As of 2001, about 290 aircraft were built, of which at least 16 were exported to eight countries. The Mi-26 served as a base for deriving the Mi-26T civilian transport (1995), Mi-26TM (1992) and Mi-26PK (1997) crane helicopters with an add-on crane operator cabin, Mi-26TP firefighter helicopter (1994), Mi-27 airborne command post (1988), etc. 

 

Cargo Compartment Dimensions: Length 12,1 m. Width 3,25 m. Height 3,17 m. Payload volume 120 m3  © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Cargo Compartment Dimensions: Length 12,1 m. Width 3,25 m. Height 3,17 m. Payload volume 120 m3.

 

ZMKB Progress D-136 Turboshaft engines, 11.400 h.p. each © Konstantinos Panitsidis

ZMKB Progress D-136 Turboshaft engines, 11.400 h.p. each



In 1995, the Mi-26T obtained a IAC Aviaregister certificate under the FAR-29 and was redesignated as Mi-26TC.

 


THREE-VIEW DRAWING

Mi-26 Heavy lift cargo helicopter © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Miliya
TYPE
Multipurpose Transport helicopter
CREW
5
POWER-PLANT
Progress D-136
Power, kW
2 x 8.380
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m 33,73
Main rotor diameter , m
32,00
Tail rotor diameter, m
7,61
Height, m
8,15
WEIGHT
 
Empty , kg
28.200
Normal take-off, kg
49.600
Maximum take-off, kg
56.000
Internal fuel, kg
12.000
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h
295
Cruising speed, km/h
255
Range, km
2.000
Service ceiling, m
6.500
Static ceiling, m
1.800
Payload, kg up to 85 passengers or 60 litters or 20.000 kg freight in cabin.
or with on hook
18.500
ARMAMENT
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PHOTOS Mi-26 Halo. Central Air Force Museum (RAF, Monino), 2007