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Mil’ Mi-8MTV-3 side view

Mil' Mi-8MTV-3

Mil’ Mi-8MTV-3 «61» based at Groznyy-Severnyy airport, April 2000. Russian flags — colloquially referred to as «besik» (actually a contraction of belo-sine-krasnyy, white/blue/red) — used to be painted on the external flight deck armour shields; only red paint could be found when an attempt was made to restore them

Mil’ Mi-8MT side view

Mil' Mi-8MT

Mil’ Mi-8MT “55″ based at Boodyonnovsk in the spring of 2001. The helicopter wore standard but extremely faded camouflage; Russian flags were worn on both flight deck armour shields, with «White Eagle» artwork on the port side only

Mil’ Mi-8PS side view

Mil' Mi-8PS

Mil’ Mi-8PS “50 Red” of the 830th Helicopter Regiment

Mil’ Mi-8PS side view

Mil' Mi-8PS

Mil’ Mi-8PS “50 Red” VIP-helicopter (Salon) of the 830th Independent Helicopter Regiment

Mil’ Mi-8MTV-2 side view

Mil’ Mi-8MTV-2

Mil’ Mi-8MTV-2 “43″ based at Vladikavkaz in the autumn of 2001. The helicopter wore standard but extremely faded and sun-bleached camouflage (referred to as «belyy bort» — «white aircraft» — in slang); Russian flags were worn on both flight deck armour shields

Mil’ Mi-8MT side view

Mil' Mi-8MT

Mil’ Mi-8MT “28″ of the Joint Air Group. Note the owl badge of the Independent Helicopter Squadron on the port armour shield; the card in the pilot’s blister window bore the taxicab chequerboard and the inscription «Grozny-City, No free rides»