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Utair air company uses the biggest helicopters, the fleet of the company amounts to 352 helicopters, 25 of them are Mi-26. Mi-26 is a Soviet multipurpose transport helicopter. Its first flight was performed on the 14th of December, 1977. The serial production is established in Rostov. 310 vehicles have been produced in general. The production proceeds.
This helicopter was flying over the burning reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and over hot spots around the world in the UN peacekeeping missions. It carry cargoes with weight of twenty tons at the distance of 2000 km (1242 miles). The diameter of its screw is equal to the wingspan of Boeing-737. It has two engines, 11 000 hp each. Mi-26 is the largest serial transport helicopter in the world!
In September, 1996, one Mi-26 set a world record when lifted 224 paratroopers at the height of 6500 m (four miles). Once it was used for transportation of the Tu-134 plane in St. Petersburg.
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