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Mil Mi-6

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Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
Image requested
Type Helicopter
Author(s) Moritz Röhrich
FDM /YASim, /YASim, /YASim, /YASim, /YASim, /YASim, /YASim, /YASim
--aircraft= mi6
Status Beta
 Repository The development repository of the Mil Mi-6 (Hook).

This is a model of the Mil Mi-6 (Hook), a heavy twin-engine transport helicopter.

The Mil Mi-6 was a Russian made heavy-lift twin-engine helicopter built in many variations. The most common type of it is probably the transport version with short wings that were dismounted when it was used as an aircrane. But it was also available as firefighting helicopter, passenger transport helicopter and flying command post. It's rotor-gear was also used for the Mil Mi-10 helicopter and the V-12, a prototype and the largest ever flown rotary wing aircraft. Later the Mi-26 was built on the basis of the Mi-6.

The Mi-6 itself set several world-records for speed and weight-height lifting. In all it's versions it was built about 800 to 900 times and sold to nearly all countries that where friendly or part of the soviet union as well as some African countries. Currently there is just the common transport version with short wings modeled for FlightGear.

Development status

Since the Mil Mi-6 helicopter is currently in development, some (or most) features will not yet be available. There are still most instruments to be animated an textured, nearly the whole interior is unfinished, there isn't any livery available and not even the FDM is in a usable status of development. However the current version of development is always available via Git.

Get it

After you successfully installed Git on your PC, you can get it with

$ git clone git://gitorious.org/mil-mi-6/mi6dev.git

How to use it

Start FlightGear with this helicopter either by selecting it in the GUI-starter of your choice or via the command-line:

$ fgfs --aircraft=mi6

After FlightGear has successfully loaded everything you should be sitting in the front left seat in the cockpit facing forward to your instruments]]. You will probably have noticed that the attitude indicator "АГК-47" doesn't show anything useful. Make clickable objects visible (Ctrl-C) and look at the panel right above you. You should see two switches. Switch both of them on and you attitude indicator should work now.

To get the helicopter in the air you now just need to press "}". This will be changed in the future, when the correct startup procedure is implemented. Wait until the rotors have spun up and then yo can lift off like with any other helicopter in FlightGear. Notice: Keep your air-speed low. Otherwise you will loose control of the machine and crash.

The real thing


The engineers of the Mil design bureau used two Soloviev D-25B turbines to power the giant main rotor. Each of those engines produces 4100kW takeoff and 3505kW nominal output. Their air intakes are equipped with electric de-icing.


To lift the 27 tons of helicopter plus up to 15 tons of cargo you don't just need strong engines but also an appropriate main and tail rotor. Appropriate in this case means that the 5-bladed main rotor has a diameter of 35m. That does of course produce a lot of torque. To counteract this torque the Russian engineers mounted a four-bladed tail rotor of 6.3m in diameter at the very far back of the helicopter in about 7m height. Both rotors have electric de-icing equipment.

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