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I was enjoying my AM coffee and looking around at Militaryphotos.net when I came across the picture below. Is it real? Or have I fallen victim to another splendid bit of Photoshop work?
 

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Looks like kitbashing job, photoshopped. With Occam razor, this is one of the worst configurations for a push-rotor attack chopper you can even imagine. Plus, national insignia is quite out of standards. You just needn't two red stars placed at vertical tail AND the fuselage as in Bondiana movies and Rambo III.
 

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At least the shape of the design is real - it´s one of the first Mi-28 configurations.
 

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Seems that it was photoshoped from this mockup, only the photo is from different angle.
 

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Yasotay's picture was originally published in Mikheyev's book "Moskovskiy vertolyotnyy zavod imeni M. L. Milya 50 let" (ISBN 5765600130 / Moscow, 1998 / page 224). In my opinion this publication is the best source for Mil helicopters, so I don't believe he used faked pictures.
 

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http://www.mvzmil.ru/rus/index.php?id=145
Yasotay is not a victim, flateric is...stupid me!
 

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Thanks all,

I never would have guessed a prototype for Mi-28.
 

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Flateric, your link is gone. Here is the new one: http://www.mi-helicopter.ru/eng/index.php?id=145

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If you are right, than I am wondering if they also build the mockup of the third configuration.

I'm sure that it was probably tested on this Mi-24D:

 

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The Soviets actually were working on a Tilt-Rotor, and what is purported to be the mockup was recently sold to a museum in the West. Here are some pics of the mockup on a truck and reassembled in a museum sans proprotors (I forgot which museum).
 

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For the third time, I think, we are repeating, that...we have no connection to this flying banana

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Hi everyone, new here and thought I could contribute a little to this thread. The above A/C is fictional, it was a fixed wing "tilt rotor" project for a movie here in LA.

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3267.0.html
 

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flateric said:
With Occam razor, this is one of the worst configurations for a push-rotor attack chopper you can even imagine.

Accepting the risk of a nomination for Stupidest Question of the Year 2008: What makes this "the worst configurations for a push-rotor attack chopper" ? More complex than a single-rotor design, granted, and more drag as well. But I should think that the two side-by-side rotors would balance out lift nicely as speed increases ?

Regards & all

Thomas L. Nielsen
Denmark
 

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On a side note, the Kamov V-100 project used a very similar configuration:

Regards,

Thomas L. Nielsen
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Shot of the special space inside the Mi-28 for rescue of the other pilots/soldiers. Finally found by my friend.
 

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Good find. ;D

port-side door, aft of wing, provides access to avionics compartment large enough to permit combat rescue of two or three persons on ground, although it lacks windows, heating and ventilation.
 

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Really good find. Looks like all the Mi-28 computers are back there too. Probably makes maintenance easier.
 

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Soviet doctrine in the 1980-90s called for front and rear turrets on combat helicopters. I don't know about other uses, but some kind of light, small design could have been quite useful for escort duty in Afghanistan. It wouldn't even need to have proper control in a hover, just very good stoll capabilities.

Note: I'm not arguing that it is a real design - I'm just arguing that it isn't necessarily a stupid or implausible layout, even for a tilt-rotor.
 

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Matej said:
Shot of the special space inside the Mi-28 for rescue of the other pilots/soldiers. Finally found by my friend.


More from "Helicóptero de Ataque Mil Mi-28" by Edgar Guerrero:
 

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