Mil Mi-26

Heavy Transport Helicopter

Mil Mi-26, Russian Air Force © Max Bryansky
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The Mil Mi-26 is a twin-engined heavy transport-helicopter developed by the Soviet manufacturer Mil OKB, today MIL Moscow helicopter plant, JSC (Russia).
The Mil Mi-26 is the largest, most heavy and most powerful helicopter which went into production ever. The maximum payload is approx. 20 tons (44090 lbs).
Propulsion2 Turboshaft Engines
Engine ModelLotarev D-136
Engine Power (each)8273 kW11094 shp
Speed294 km/h159 kts
  183 mph
Service Ceiling4.600 m15.092 ft
Range800 km432 NM
497 mi.
Empty Weight28.200 kg62.170 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight56.000 kg123.459 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)8/5
Main Rotor Diameter32,00 m104 ft 12 in
Tail Rotor Diameter7,61 m24 ft 12 in
Rotor Disc Area804,2 m8656 ft
Length40,00 m131 ft 3 in
Height8,10 m26 ft 7 in
First Flight14.12.1977
Production Statusout of production
Total Productionca. 70
NATO CodeHalo
Data for (Version)Mil Mi-26