Attack Helicopter / East German Army Aviation, 1981-1990
The Mi-24 is one of the most robust and armed attack helicopters in the world.
During the 1980s, it formed the backbone of the Warsaw Pact Army Aviation Corps.
Compared to most other attack helicopters, the Mi-24 was able to provide protected transport up to eight fully equipped soldiers onto the battlefield.
In its capability as a “flying armoured infantry fighting vehicle” its task encompassed anti-tank warfare, destruction of enemy bases and engaging enemy helicopters.
The helicopter on display was flown by Kampfhubschraubergeschwader 67 (Attack Helicopter Wing 67) of the East German Airforce, until it crashed on 3 June 1982.
The pilot died, two crew members survived.
After extensive repairs, it was assigned as a training apparatus to Militartechnische Schule (Technical School) of the East German Air Force, where it received the identification number 5211.
Since 1995, it is on display in Berlin-Gatow.