The Russian Mil Mi-24 helicopter was developed during the mid-1960's. It was designed as a multi-role military helicopter that could both be used for attack missions as well as medium transport of eight armed troops. The earlier type had a single piece canopy, later types got 2 distinct bubbles. The type also got a stub-wing, capable of carrying pylons with armed rockets and gun pods. The forward fuselage with cockpit section and aft main fuselage are set at an angle to counter for the rotor wash. NATO gave it the name "Hind".

It was exported to many Soviet friendly countries including Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq,  Nicaragua, North Korea, Peru, Poland, Sri Lanka, Syria, Vietnam and Yemen. Many air arms in Africa like Algeria, Libya, Chad and others also had often a few. More than 2,000 helicopters were produced and they saw extensive usage in Afganisthan.



Mi-24V Czech air force "Tiger"

This Czech Mil-24V appeared at the Texel Air Show, The Netherlands August 2012. It is operated by the "Tiger" 221 squadron, now part of NATO.

Photographed January 2012 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland



Mi-24 at Nellis

This Hind (of unknown origin) was photographed at the "US intelligence" museum at Nellis AFB, Nevada, USA

It was used to discover how this helicopter type worked and what counter effective measures against it were.

Photographed January 2012 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Mi-24V Czech Air Force

This is a Mi-24V with c/n 087356 of the Czech air force bearing the standard camouflage. It was seen at the Texel air show in 2015 at the Dutch island of Texel.

Photographed August 2015 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Mi-24D German Democratic Republic (DDR)

This is a Mi-24 D Hind D. Its origin is unclear but sources suggest it is probably D 9633, ex. DDR armed forces LSK 528, c/n 340273. It is on display at the Brussel air museum at the Jubelpark in Brussel.

Photographed 2016 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Mi-24V Czech air force "Tiger"

Czech Hinds thankfully regularly appear at the Texel Air Show. This one was came Summer 2019 and also a lot of engine details and open maintenance hatch details are seen. This Mi-24V is coded 3365.

Photographed Summer 2018 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Various plastic scale models exist of the Mi-24. In 1/72 scale the best model is from Zvezda. In 1/35 scale Trumpeter has a big model.


This walk around page was first created September 2012 by M. de Vreeze; note that all photo's are strictly copyright by their contributors and may not be published elsewhere without prior written permission.