The museum of Soviet helicopters in Torzhok
On the territory of Torzhok (small town in Tver oblast) the 344th Training Center of Army Aviation Pilots is located. The center includes the 696th instructors’ helicopters testing regiment. The regiment conducts the testing of all current models and modifications of Russian military helicopters.
Since 1989 there is a helicopter museum on the territory of the center. The unique collection of the museum has 14 machines representing the history of the helicopters in the USSR. Photos by Denis Mokrushin.
Mi-1. The first Soviet helicopter constructed in 1948. It was used for training in flight schools until the mid-1970s.
Mi-2. Designed to replace Mi-1 the helicopter is still used in civil aviation.
Mi-4. The first military transport helicopter of the Soviet armed forces.
Mi-8T. The modification of the most mass produced helicopter in USSR Mi-8.
Mi-18. Experimental helicopter. It was an attempt to increase the capacity of a standard Mi-8. Two prototypes were constructed, the only one survived.
Mi-6. The heavy transport helicopter.
Mi-10. The heavy transport helicopter, development of Mi-6.
Mi-26. The very heavy transport helicopter.
Mi-24A. The first Soviet combat helicopter.
Mi-24D. Improved version of Mi-24A with new cabin, machine gun and modified tail rotor.
Mi-24B. In 1992 in this specially prepared Mi-24 women’s crew made a flight Torzhok-Miami-Torzhok (over Alaska).
Ka-26. Helicopter used in agriculture, fire service, police.
Ka-25. Shipboard helicopter.
Ka-27. Shipboard helicopter.
The museum can be visited by an organized group (single trips are not available) on weekdays, after phone call to this number: +7 915 749 20 95 Surikov Konstantin Yurevich. Ticket price – 50 rubles (adult), 30 rubles (child).