“The shining” over NATO bases in Europe: as the Mi-26 helicopter learned to fly

Heavy transport helicopter Mi-26 during a rehearsal for an Airshow in the framework of the international competition “Aviadarts-2016”

© Marina Lystseva/TASS

40 years ago a crew under the command of Gurgen Karapetyan, a leading test pilot of the Moscow helicopter plant im. Mil (part of the holding “Helicopters of Russia” of the state Corporation “rostec”), first raised in the air the heavy Mi-26, NATO reporting — Halo (the Shining).