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OK-VIK PZL-Swidnik Mil Mi-2 c/n 5211135050 - Helicopters / LZS Krystof 13 - Hosin airfield in Czech republic - 9 June 1997 Soviet designed aircraft

The Mil Mi-2 is an 8-10-seat multi-role transport helicopter powered by two Izotov turboshaft engines. The Mil Mi-2 (NATO reporting name 'Hoplite') was derived from the piston-engine Mil Mi-1. It provides accommodation for six-eight passengers and two crewmembers. In the ambulance role, it can carry four casualty stretchers and a medical attendant. The first of two prototypes of the Mi-2 or V-2 powered by two 400shp Isotov GTD-350 turboshaft engines mounted above the cabin was flown first in September 1961. Production was initiated in 1963 at the PZL Swidnik factory in Poland. The first PZL-Swidnik Mi-2 performed its first flight in November 1965. In 1988, the PZL W-3 Sokol replaced the Mi-2 in production. Over 5000 PZL-Swidnik Mil Mi-2 helicopters were built.

The helicopters of the LZS-Letecká záchranná služba (Aviation Rescue Service) in the Czech republic use the callsign Krystof. Callsign 'Krystof' for the lifeliner helicopters is derived of Saint Christophorus, the Patron Saint for all travellers. LZS Krystof 13 is based at Ceske Budejovice-Hosin airfield and operated by Helicopter s.r.o. LZS Krystof 13 Mil Mi-2 OK-VIK (ex. CCCP-14248 and RA-14248) was photographed at Ceske Budejovice-Hosin on 9 June 1997. The OK-VIK is sold to the Ukraine. In 2004, the LZS Krystof 13 operation was transferred to ALFA-Helicopter spol.s.r.o that operates the Bell 206L4T OK-ZIU out of Ceske Budejovice.

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