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The VVO helicopters for the first time made a unique non-stop flight from the Kuriles to Kamchatka

The crews of the Mi-8AMTSH helicopters of the aviation aviation base of the Eastern Military District stationed in Khabarovsk for the first time in Russia performed a unique non-stop flight from the Kuril Islands to Kamchatka, after spending more than six hours in the air, the chief of the Okrug press service Alexander Gordeyev told reporters.

The flight was made along the route Burevestnik airfield (Kuril Islands) - Elizovo airfield (Kamchatka Territory).

"This unique non-stop flight was carried out as part of an aviation group of 15 Mi-8AMTSh, in difficult weather conditions in the absence of alternate airfields. The flight range was more than 1,3 thousand kilometers, which is also a record. The helicopter pilots spent 6,5 hours in the sky without interruption." , - said Gordeev.

According to the technical characteristics of the Mi-8AMTSH helicopter, the practical range of its flight is 1,2 thousand kilometers. To overcome a greater distance the cars were equipped with four additional fuel tanks.

According to the head of the press-service of the Okrug, the need for such a long flight arose in the performance of one of the special tasks of the district command.
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