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CCCP-21142 Mil V-12, first prototype - Aeroflot - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - 24 May 1971 more Soviet-Union built aircraft

The Mil Mi12 is a 120-seat heavy transport helicopter powered by four Soloviev D-25VF turboshaft engines. The Mil Mi-12 (NATO reporting name 'Homer') project started in the Soviet Union in 1965. The prototype Mil V-12 flew first in 1968. This giant helicopter had fixed wings and was lifted by two Mi-6 rotors mounted at the ends of outrigger wings. Both rotors were driven by two 6500shp Soloviev D-25VF turbine engines each, mounted side-by-side at the tips of the wings. The four 6500shp Soloviev D-25VF turbines giving the Mil V-12 a maximum speed of 260km/h, with a 35400kg load or 120 passengers and 500km range. Two V12 prototypes were built. Both prototypes had the same registration! This registration CCCP-21142 is in Cyrillic and means SSSR-21142. The first prototype was damaged in a heavy landing, but was repaired. The rebuilt first prototype Mil V-12 is located today next to the Mil Helicopter factory in Lyubertsi-Panki. The second prototype Mil V-12 CCCP-21142 is at the Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino, located approximately 38 km from Moscow, Russia. The Mil Mi-12 never entered production.

On 24 May 1971, the arrival of the first prototype of the Mil Mi-12 at Groningen-Eelde airfield in the Netherlands was a sensation. This helicopter is the largest helicopter of the world. Mil Mi-8V CCCP-11097 escorted Mil V-12 CCCP-21142. Both helicopters were on their way to the Paris Air Show (Salon International de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace) at Paris-Le Bourget in France and came to Eelde for re-fueling. The first prototype Mil V-12 flew first in 1968. The second prototype did not leave the factory in Panki until late 1973. In 1974, the whole program was stopped and the two Mil V-12s went on display. The photographs of this Mil V-12 on the cover of the Airlife publication "Vintage Russian" are also of a series made by Jack Wolbrink during the time the CCCP-21142 staid at Eelde. The second prototype Mil V-12 CCCP-21142 is at the Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino, located approximately 38 km from Moscow, Russia.

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