Easy Model EM37041 Hungarian Mil Mi-8 Hip-C Utility Helicopter - European Camouflage (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name "Hip") is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter that can also act as a gunship. The first single-engine (AI-24W) prototype, W-8, flew in 9 July 1961. A second one with two AI-24W engines made its first flight on 17 September 1962. After few changes it was introduced into the Soviet Air Force by 1967 as Mi-8. There are numerous variants, including the Mi-8T which in addition to carrying twenty four soldiers is also armed with rockets and anti-tank guided missiles. The naval Mil Mi-14, and attack Mi-24 are derived from the Mi-8.
The Mi-8 is used by over 50 countries, including India, China and Iran; the latest variant, known as the Mi-8MT is more heavily armed and was introduced in 1981. The export version of this aircraft, known as the Mil Mi-17, is employed by around 20 countries.
Pictured here is an exquisite 1:72 scale replica of a Russian-built Mil Mi 8 utility helicopter operated by the Hungarian Air Force.
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Release Date: August 2009
Historical Account: "The Air Arm" - A small air arm was organized along Soviet lines in 1947. Following the communist takeover, Russian military aid was stepped-up and a major expansion program initiated. When Soviet forces invaded in November 1956 to suppress the national uprising, sections of the Hungarian Air Force attacked Soviet forces and resisted Russian attempts to occupy their bases. The resistance was short-lived and the air force was demobilized soon after. A reconstituted air arm was reformed in the following year, but initially only as an internal security force. Gradually, the air force was expanded again, but it remained an integral part of the army and was essentially a defensive force. During the 1990s all combat aircraft were fitted with new Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems to enable operations in western airspace. In April 2002, Hungary joined the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) pilot training program.