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Helicopter pilots Mimino

Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, at the dawn of the formation of an independent Georgian army, which, out of habit, was looking towards its “big northern neighbor”, and not overseas, our helicopter squadron had the crucial task of teaching the Georgian pilots Mi-24 to fly.

It must be said that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the republics of the former Union requested a part of the military equipment in ownership, hoping that they were also tax payers of the Union and have the full right to its property. I don’t know how much the division took place there, but Georgians took the X-NUMX Mi-6 helicopters from us later. The truth is that it should be noted that these were the oldest and almost exhausted helicopters.

Well, back to our Georgians. They were collected from civil aviation, where they flew some on the Mi-2, some on the "corncrackers" and not particularly asking for their wishes, they drafted into the Georgian army. And, quite naturally, we began to call them “Mimino” among ourselves. Moreover, it was not far from the civilian “airport”, where the legendary film was shot.

On the first school day, one of Mimino on my helicopter broke the front landing gear and my board was sent to the TEC for repair. And this event saved a lot of my nerve cells. Since the rest of my comrades continued to lose them hard. Mimino forgot to remove or release the chassis in time, instead of the anti-icing system, they included automatic weapons systems, one "ace" for some reason turned off both engines in flight, since our experienced instructor fell while launching them. In short, it was “fun.”

Helicopter pilots MiminoThree weeks later, when Mimino was already flying more or less tolerably, they began to train them in shooting and bombing. Bombs (blanks) dropped directly in the area of ​​the airfield, near the strip. The target was the skeleton of the decommissioned Mi-24. The skeleton was already old and broken, and gaping holes. The first flight, our instructor showed the Georgian "Assam" the highest class: the bomb fell a few meters from the helicopter, jumped up and flew straight into the "target" through one of the holes in its hull.

Then came the turn of Mimino. Bombs fell everywhere, half an hour after the start of flights at the airport there was not a single living soul, everyone hid where they could. With my helicopter I was still in TECH, and this is about 300 meters from the target, and I was not particularly worried about what was happening. In addition to replacing the front desk, we decided to perform several more repairs, so the helicopter was standing in an open area and was all covered with TEC staff.

When the whistle of one of the bombs did not look like the others and sounded more and more distinct from somewhere above, someone shouted “atass” and people began to jump like grasshoppers from a helicopter and scatter in different directions. I saw it all as a slow motion movie. The bomb fell on the concrete in 3-meters from my helicopter and jumped like a frog on the concrete bar away. On this flight that day ended.

After graduation, Mimino flew on our 6-old helicopters somewhere in the direction of Abkhazia, from where they had not returned. And on the fence of our military camp, someone wrote: "Russian invaders, get out!".
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  1. Bykov.
    Bykov. April 25 2013 10: 35 New
    ... And on the fence of our military camp someone wrote: "Russian occupiers, get out!" ...

    Not otherwise, wrote relatives who did not return from Abkhazia "mimino" ..
  2. AK-47
    AK-47 April 25 2013 10: 46 New
    And on the fence of our military camp someone wrote: “Russian occupiers, get out!”.

    Thanked. A stone in my bosom is still kept.
  3. pensioner
    pensioner April 25 2013 11: 01 New
    After graduation, Mimino flew on our 6-old helicopters somewhere in the direction of Abkhazia, from where they had not returned. And on the fence of our military camp, someone wrote: "Russian invaders, get out!".

    I hope that they did not return at all.
    1. Manager
      Manager April 25 2013 11: 14 New
      Quote: retired
      I hope that they did not return at all.

      Flew to sell.
  4. donchepano
    donchepano April 25 2013 11: 16 New
    why the hell did you train the Georgian flyers, and even the bombing?
    parted so parted.
    1. Shturmovik
      Shturmovik April 25 2013 21: 06 New
      In 1996 -97, Georgian cadets studied in flight profile (Su-25) at the Krasnodar School. True, half was written off, but nonetheless ...
  5. Suhov
    Suhov April 25 2013 11: 44 New
    and this is about 300 meters from the "target"

    The bomb fell on concrete 3 meters from my helicopter and, like a frog, rode off the concrete. On this flight that day ended.

    It turns out: a "untrained" soldier of the Georgian army is more dangerous than a "trained"?
    Do Americans train Georgians make the Georgian army less dangerous?
    (joke of humor).
    1. wheel
      wheel April 27 2013 17: 16 New
      according to the latest events in Afghanistan, you can believe that the better Americans teach, the easier it will be to fight with their students)
  6. lilit.193
    lilit.193 April 25 2013 14: 44 New
    Yeah, taught on their own head! Yes, and they gave them the helicopters. And they thanked us in 2008. Both for study and for helicopters.
  7. Rjn
    Rjn April 25 2013 15: 04 New
    Comrades Georgians, study military affairs in this way. We’ll check. 295 SMEs. (somewhere such an inscription on a fence in Georgia in August 2008).
    1. Chicot 1
      Chicot 1 April 25 2013 15: 38 New
      Yes, that was the case. Only 295 guards were not signed, but 71 guards. SMEs ...
      1. Rjn
        Rjn April 25 2013 17: 38 New
        Thanks for the amendment. And the inscription is gorgeous.
  8. almost demobil
    almost demobil April 25 2013 16: 19 New
    Personally, I am boycotting rodent fruits and vegetables, mineral water and wine, which they are about to start selling from us. And I urge everyone to do the same. Doesn't sound like a call for ethnic hatred? belay In my opinion, they still haven’t answered us completely for our peacekeeping soldiers. Let them eat their own shit.
    1. Grey74
      Grey74 April 25 2013 18: 42 New
      It is right)))
      1. Avenger711
        Avenger711 8 May 2013 12: 47 New
        Stalin was apparently Ossetian. tongue
  9. Renat
    Renat April 25 2013 19: 36 New
    Russia, being the legal successor of the USSR, assumed all obligations on its external debts. When were the helicopters divided, did they know about this kamarjob?
  10. alekSASHKA-36
    alekSASHKA-36 April 25 2013 20: 54 New
    Brothers are ungrateful!
  11. Tambov we ...
    Tambov we ... April 25 2013 23: 05 New
    The article is not entirely correct. Why so openly mock. Those “miminos,” as they are called in the article, passed the same aviation school accepted for everyone in the USSR. We had all sorts of absurdities on flights, I remember when the cadet was taxiing to the parking lot and suddenly removed the chassis. And he was not "mimino", was a natural Rusak. To the author minus.
    1. wheel
      wheel April 27 2013 17: 20 New
      I agree. You couldn’t indicate nationality, but you can’t just call stupidity new recruits or something from this series. And the bike is still funny.
  12. Black
    Black April 25 2013 23: 29 New
    For a bike will do. An anecdote about the brothers in Christ, not the topic. Though...

    Georgian school.
    “Vazha, prove that the Pythagorean thiorema is correct.”
    - Uchetel, the Pythagorean thiorema is correct, I swear by my mother!
    - Maladets!
  13. belroni
    April 26 2013 11: 39 New
    Quote: donchepano
    why the hell did you train the Georgian flyers, and even the bombing?
    parted so parted.

    The army has such a concept - an order!
  14. Zomanus
    Zomanus April 27 2013 15: 16 New
    Well, the thing is old. Those rodents are probably already alive. I wonder when Ossetia and Abkhazia will begin to call us invaders? They will write in history textbooks about how "Russian barbarians destroyed the fraternal Georgian people, who extended a helping hand to us."
  15. pilot8878
    pilot8878 23 July 2013 14: 33 New
    Of the comments, Mine Kampf sips, and the bike is funny.