Power Logistics: Mil Mi-26, Worlds Largest Helicopter

The Mil Mi-26 is a Soviet/Russian heavy transport helicopter. In service with civilian and military operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production.

This video clearly demonstrates the lifting capabilities of the Mil Mi-26 as it hoists the CH-47 twin engine military helicopter in the air.

Crew: Five– 2 pilots, 1 navigator, 1 flight engineer, 1 flight technician
Capacity: 90 troops or 60 stretchers, 20,000 kg cargo (44,090 lb)
Length: 40.025 m (131 ft 3¾ in) (rotors turning)
Rotor diameter: 32.00 m (105 ft 0 in)
Height: 8.145 m (26 ft 8¾ in)
Disc area: 804.25 m2 (8,656.8 ft²)
Empty weight: 28,200 kg (62,170 lb)
Loaded weight: 49,600 kg (109,350 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 56,000 kg (123,450 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × Lotarev D-136 turboshafts, 8,500 kW (11,399 shp) each
Maximum speed: 295 km/h (159 kt, 183 mph)
Cruise speed: 255 km/h (137 kt, 158 mph)
Range: 1,920 km (1,036 nmi, 1,190 mi) (with auxiliary tanks)
Service ceiling: 4,600 m (15,100 ft)







  • Comment by John Faltynski on 2013-09-11 18:50:56

    Interested to find out if there. Are any Mi-26 Helos being operated in Columbia for O&G Support.


  • Comment by Rehan Hafeez on 2013-08-05 16:32:10


    Good Addition !


  • Comment by Chris Ranger on 2013-02-08 04:44:55

    A Russian helicopter transporting an American helicopter....Russian Power vs US Technology..


  • Comment by Rebecca (Aviation Fan) on 2013-02-08 04:17:26

    Thanks Global Logistics Media, great video..