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'el Fidel'

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Mil Mi2 'el Fidel' - PZL-Swidnik Mil Mi-2 c/n 512619102 - Rensenpark in Emmen, Holland - 5 September 2018 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 first operator of the PZL-Swidnik Mil Mi-2 s/n 512619102 was the Soviet Air Force (Voenno-Vozdushnye Sily). In June 1983, the Mil Mi-2 returned to Poland and entered service as SP-SXD with Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe - Polish Medical Air Rescue as SP-SXD. In 1998, the helicopter was seen stored at Lublin Radawiec without roterblades. On 4 March 2002, registration SP-SXD was cancelled as withdrawn from use and the helicopter was offered for sale. Around 2009, the helicopter was sold to a trader and stored in Hinterschmiding, Bavaria, Germany. In August 2011 the helicopter was offered for sale and finally in July 2013, sold to a private collector in Usingen, Hesse, Germany. By this privat collecter the Mil Mi-2 was painted in German Army (HEER) colors and coded 7767, which stands for the birtday of the owner. In July 2017, the Mil Mi-2 was once again offered for sale and in the winter of 2017-2018, the helicopter was sold in the Netherlands. The new owner repainted the Mil Mi-2 for use at events; mounted it on a transport vehicle and called the helicopter Mil Mi2 'el Fidel'. The first occurrence in its new role as a DJ booth was at the former savanne in the Rensenpark in Emmen, during 'UITmarkt Emmen Stadsbbq edition 2018' on 7; 8 and 9 September 2018.

page last updated: 05-09-2018
Copyright © Jack Wolbrink, Emmen, the Netherlands

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