This publication covers the legendary Soviet multipurpose Mi-8 Hip helicopter. It describes not only the history and status of the original Mi-8 variants powered by TV2-117 engines starting with the V-8 prototype and the Mi-8MT (for export known as Mi-17) models powered by TV3-117 engines, but also the Mi-8AMT (Mi-171) family up to the latest Mi-8AMTSh-VN special operations variant. Each version is introduced by its development and production history and followed by details of its service and export. A separate chapter is dedicated to the detailed description of all Mi-8/17/171 family upgrades carried out by Belorussian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Finnish, French, Israeli, Lithuanian, Polish, Serbian, Slovak, South African, Turkish, UAE, UK, Ukrainian, US, Yugoslavian and of course Russian companies.
Mil Mi-8/17/171 Hip: 6142
A great history on the Mil Hip that not only covers the development and operational aspects, but provides a good basis for the modeler with nice detail shots of all the aircraft components.