الأحد، 16 فبراير، 2014

Strange vehicles: MIL V-12 'Homer'

Strange vehicles: MIL V-12 'Homer'
 MIL V-12 'Homer'
The MIL V-12 was a enormous twin-rotor helicopter developed by the USSR during the height of the cold war. The Mil V-12 went by the western reporting name 'Homer'. Measuring 37 meters (121 ft) in length, and with a rotors measuring 35 meters (114 ft) in diameter the MIL V-12 was the largest helicopter ever built.
MIL V-12 'Homer'
Unlike most twin-rotor transport helicopters - like the Chinook - which have their rotors at the ends of the fuselage, the Mil V-12 employed a side-by-side layout with the rotors housed at the end of long booms.

The Mil V-12 made its first full flight in 1968, and by 1969 the aircraft had set no less than seven load-carrying records. Including one lift of 40,204 kgs (88,635 lbs) to a height of 2255 meters (7,400 ft).

The Mil V-12 had a crew of six, and under normal circumstances could carry up to 120 passengers, or a load of 35,400 (77,162 lbs). The aircraft had a top speed of 161 mph (259 km/h). At maximum capacity the Homer had a range of 311 miles (500 km).
MIL V-12 'Homer'
In total three prototype examples of the Mil V-12 Homer were constructed. In the end however the Russian military opted for a more conventional heavy-lift transport helicopter in the form of the Mi-26 (reporting name 'Halo'). The Mi-26 was a single main-rotor helicopter which first flew in 1977, and also took the title of 'worlds largest production helicopter'. 

 
Dr. EMAD HANI ISMAEEL
 
                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
                 of the Built Heritage .
                 Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture
                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 
                 Mosul - Iraq .
 
E-mail:        emadhanee@yahoo.com
                   emadhanee@gmail.com
                   http://emadhani.blogspot.com/
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