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Mi-8 delivered to the German Democratic Republic

The Soviet foreign trade company AVIAEXPORT delivered a total of 116 Mi‑8s to the GDR. Among them were 44 Mi‑8T transport helicopters, 38 Mi‑8TVK combat helicopters, 26 Mi‑8PS passenger/salon helicopters and 8 Mi‑9 command posts. The Mi‑8 was used by all three branches of the NATIONALE VOLKSARMEE (army aviation, air force, naval aviation), the airline INTERFLUG and the border guard of the GDR.

The first aircraft was delivered in August 1967. It should be emphasized that the first Mi‑8 was not put into service by the NATIONALE VOLKSARMEE, but by the airline INTERFLUG. This made INTERFLUG the first operator of the Mi‑8 outside of the Soviet Union. The last Mi‑8 was adopted by the LUFTSTREITKRÄFTE/LUFTVERTEIDIGUNG in March 1987.

Although deliveries were made over a 20‑year period, half of the helicopters were procured from 1974 to 1977. Notable are the delivery of 21 Mi‑8T in 1974 and 1975 and the procurement of 30 Mi‑8TVK in just six months during 1977. These extensive deliveries placed a significant burden on the GDR's government budget. Due to the importance of the "Weapon System Helicopter", other procurement programs had to be shelved in the above-mentioned period in favor of the introduction of transport and combat helicopters.

In comparison with the other member states of the Warsaw Pact, it is striking that the GDR had the second largest Mi‑8 fleet after the USSR. The GDR also only bought helicopters with the TV‑2‑117 engine. Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Hungary also used Mi‑17s with the TV‑3‑117 engine. And another difference is striking: the GDR was the only member of the Warsaw Pact to import Mi‑8TVK combat helicopters. The number of Mi‑8PS passenger/salon helicopters and Mi‑9 command posts was also comparatively high. On the other hand, the NATIONALE VOLKSARMEE did not operate radio-electronic warfare helicopters, such as those used by the armed forces of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

During service from 1967 to 1990, three Mi‑8s were lost in air disasters.

Your search returned 116 aircraft history records

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  Reg Type CN delivered to delivered on
details 966 Mi-8PS 105 51 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 24Mar1976
details 970 Mi-8PS 105 52 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 24Mar1976
details 124 Mi-8TVK 105 53 Helicopter Regiment 54 04Mar1977
details 125 Mi-8TVK 105 54 Helicopter Regiment 54 04Mar1977
details 126 Mi-8TVK 105 55 Helicopter Regiment 54 28Apr1977
details 128 Mi-8TVK 105 56 Helicopter Regiment 54 03May1977
details 129 Mi-8TVK 105 57 Helicopter Regiment 54 03May1977
details 130 Mi-8TVK 105 58 Helicopter Regiment 54 03May1977
details 131 Mi-8TVK 105 59 Helicopter Regiment 54 03May1977
details 132 Mi-8TVK 105 60 Helicopter Regiment 54 04Mar1977
details 133 Mi-8TVK 105 61 Helicopter Regiment 54 03May1977
details 134 Mi-8TVK 105 62 Helicopter Regiment 54 04Mar1977
details 135 Mi-8TVK 105 63 Helicopter Regiment 54 03May1977
details 807 Mi-8TVK 105 64 Helicopter Regiment 18 Feb1977
details 808 Mi-8TVK 105 65 Helicopter Regiment 18 Feb1977
details 810 Mi-8TVK 105 66 Helicopter Regiment 18 Feb1977
details 812 Mi-8TVK 105 67 Helicopter Regiment 18 Feb1977
details 814 Mi-8TVK 105 68 Helicopter Regiment 18 Mar1977
details 818 Mi-8TVK 105 69 Helicopter Regiment 18 Mar1977
details 820 Mi-8TVK 105 70 Helicopter Regiment 18 25Apr1977
details 824 Mi-8TVK 105 71 Helicopter Regiment 18 25Apr1977
details 827 Mi-8TVK 105 72 Helicopter Regiment 18 21Jun1977
details 830 Mi-8TVK 105 73 Helicopter Regiment 18 Jun1977
details 831 Mi-8TVK 105 74 Helicopter Regiment 18 Jun1977
details 834 Mi-8TVK 105 75 Helicopter Regiment 18 21Jun1977
details 750 Mi-8TVK 105 76 Helicopter Regiment 54 23Jul1977
details 751 Mi-8TVK 105 77 Helicopter Regiment 54 23Jul1977
details 752 Mi-8TVK 105 78 Helicopter Regiment 54 23Jul1977
details 755 Mi-8TVK 105 79 Helicopter Regiment 54 23Jul1977
details 763 Mi-8TVK 105 80 Helicopter Regiment 54 23Jul1977
details 764 Mi-8TVK 105 81 Helicopter Regiment 54 23Jul1977
details 768 Mi-8TVK 105 82 Helicopter Regiment 54 23Jul1977
details DM-SPC Mi-8T 105 83 INTERFLUG 20Apr1977
details 998 Mi-8PS 105 84 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 31Jan1978
details 990 Mi-8PS 105 85 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 31Jan1978
details 993 Mi-8PS 105 86 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 31Jan1978
details 933 Mi-8TVK 105 87 Helicopter Regiment 54 07Jun1978
details 934 Mi-8TVK 105 88 Helicopter Regiment 54 07Jun1978
details 935 Mi-8TVK 105 89 Helicopter Regiment 54 07Jun1978
details 936 Mi-8TVK 105 90 Helicopter Regiment 54 07Jun1978
details 937 Mi-8TVK 105 91 Helicopter Regiment 54 19Apr1979
details 938 Mi-8TVK 105 92 Helicopter Regiment 54 19Apr1979
details 939 Mi-8TVK 105 93 Helicopter Regiment 54 19Apr1979
details 940 Mi-8TVK 105 94 Helicopter Regiment 54 19Apr1979
details DM-SPE Mi-8T 105 95 INTERFLUG 04Feb1980
details DM-SPF Mi-8T 105 96 INTERFLUG 24Mar1980
details 732 Mi-8PS 105 97 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 13Jun1981
details 735 Mi-8PS 105 98 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 13Jun1981
details 739 Mi-8PS 105 99 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 13Jun1981
details 773 Mi-8PS 105 100 Transport Aviation Regiment 44 03Sep1981
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