Russian Helicopter Pilots Make Longest Crossing at Vostok-2014
The pilots of the Russian Air Force have made the longest crossing in the history of the army aviation flying more than 1,300 kilometers over the sea at the large-scale military exercises Vostok-2014. This was announced by a spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry on Sunday.
“16 new Mi-8AMTSh helicopters made a crossing over the sea from the island of Iturup to the Yelizovo airfield. The rotorcraft spent more than six hours in the air, flying more than 1,300 kilometers over the sea,” the spokesman said, adding that such an unprecedented crossing became possible thanks to additional fuel tanks installed on the helicopters, allowing for such a long non-stop flight.
The helicopters have made a crossing within the framework of the Vostok-2014 drills. The pilots from the Eastern Military District would test these helicopters. Following the trials, the Mi-8AMTSh can be equipped with additional fuel tanks which can be removed and installed again if necessary in the future.