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Mil Mi-12 Is The Largest Helicopter & Holds Today’s World Record

Mil Mi-12, produced and designed by the soviet union starting in 1965, is the largest helicopter ever to be built. The helicopter components that make this craft unique are the two main rotors, and this two-rotor transverse scheme makes it possible for the craft to operate without a tail rotor (which is normally in place to counterbalance the torque created by the main rotor. The goal of this helicopter was to lift no less than 30,000 kg, or just over 66,000 pounds, but it was going to do much more than that.

After an initial set back during the first flight test – which resulted in a popped landing tire and a bent wheel disc (terribly important helicopter components for landing) – the Mil Mi-12, registered SSSR-21142, made its first flight on July 10th, 1968, flying a distance of just over two miles. It would, in February of the next year, lift nearly 60,000 pounds almost 10,000 feet into the air. In August, it lifted just over 88,600 lb to a height of around 7500 feet, which is still a world record today.

After winning many international awards, the Mi-12, with all its innovations and feats, did not make it to the market. The initial purpose of the craft, to transport missile defense systems, was no longer needed. Despite the fact that none of these are flying today, that it was designed, engineers, flown, and broke world records is exceptional enough. The innovative use of one of the most common helicopter components, the main rotor, allowed this craft to lift extraordinary amounts.

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