Monday, September 14, 2015
Russia's Kazan Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company named as Russia's best exporter, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. The company originated Sept. 4, 1940, with the founding of Leningrad Aircraft Plant No. 387. That plant was evacuated during World War II's Eastern Front before merging with Components Plant No. 169 in Russia's Kazan. The Kazan plant was active throughout the remainder of the war, producing one out of every ten Po-2 biplanes supplied to the Front—a total of more than 11,000 military aircraft. Since then, Kazan produced many of Russia's historic helicopters, including: the Mi-1, Russia's first series-produced helicopter; the Mi-4, a military transport helicopter with double the cargo capacity of its then U.S. counterpart, the Sikorsky S-55; and the Mi-8/17, one of the most mass-produced helicopters in global aviation history. Kazan holds many awards for its achievements, including the Order of the Red Banner of Labour, the Order of the October Revolution and the Golden Mercury International Award.