by Thomas Girke
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.
|Reg||Type||CN||delivered to||delivered on|
|details||390||Mi-8T||02 23||Helicopter Regiment 31||18Sep1968|
|details||394||Mi-8T||03 23||Helicopter Regiment 31||19Sep1968|
|details||395||Mi-8T||04 23||Helicopter Regiment 31||19Sep1968|
|details||396||Mi-8PS||07 26||Helicopter Regiment 31||28Jan1969|
|details||397||Mi-8PS||08 26||Helicopter Regiment 31||13Jan1969|
|details||398||Mi-8T||03 12 33||Helicopter Regiment 31||08Aug1969|
|details||399||Mi-8T||02 13 33||Helicopter Regiment 31||Aug1969|
|details||389||Mi-8T||105 10||Helicopter Regiment 31||09Jul1970|
|details||400||Mi-8T||105 11||Helicopter Regiment 31||09Jul1970|
|details||626||Mi-8T||105 12||Helicopter Regiment 34||May1971|
|details||627||Mi-8T||105 13||Helicopter Regiment 34||21Jun1971|
|details||630||Mi-8T||105 14||Helicopter Regiment 34||May1971|
|details||631||Mi-8T||105 15||Helicopter Regiment 34||May1971|
|details||632||Mi-8T||105 16||Helicopter Regiment 34||May1971|
|details||633||Mi-8T||105 17||Helicopter Regiment 34||May1971|
|details||634||Mi-8T||105 18||Helicopter Regiment 34||May1971|
|details||636||Mi-8T||105 19||Helicopter Regiment 34||May1971|
|details||971||Mi-8PS||105 20||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||27Jul1973|
|details||972||Mi-8PS||105 21||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||27Jul1973|
|details||973||Mi-8PS||105 22||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||27Jul1973|
|details||974||Mi-8PS||105 23||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||27Jul1973|
|details||975||Mi-8PS||105 24||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||16Jul1973|
|details||909||Mi-8T||105 25||Helicopter Regiment 34||30Apr1974|
|details||910||Mi-8T||105 26||Helicopter Regiment 34||Apr1974|
|details||911 (1)||Mi-8T||105 27||Helicopter Regiment 34||30Apr1974|
|details||912||Mi-8T||105 28||Helicopter Regiment 34||30Apr1974|
|details||913||Mi-8T||105 29||Helicopter Regiment 34||30Apr1974|
|details||902||Mi-8T||105 30||Helicopter Squadron 18||Aug1974|
|details||903||Mi-8T||105 31||Helicopter Squadron 18||Aug1974|
|details||976||Mi-8PS||105 32||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||09Dec1974|
|details||977||Mi-8PS||105 33||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||15Nov1974|
|details||985||Mi-8T||105 34||Helicopter Regiment 34||08Jul1974|
|details||906||Mi-8T||105 35||Helicopter Squadron 18||Aug1974|
|details||907||Mi-8T||105 36||Helicopter Squadron 18||Aug1974|
|details||921||Mi-8T||105 37||Helicopter Regiment 34||16Apr1975|
|details||922||Mi-8T||105 38||Helicopter Regiment 34||16Apr1975|
|details||923||Mi-8T||105 39||Helicopter Regiment 34||16Apr1975|
|details||924||Mi-8T||105 40||Helicopter Regiment 34||19Jun1975|
|details||926||Mi-8T||105 41||Helicopter Regiment 34||18Nov1975|
|details||925||Mi-8T||105 42||Helicopter Regiment 34||18Nov1975|
|details||927||Mi-8T||105 43||Helicopter Regiment 34||18Nov1975|
|details||928||Mi-8T||105 44||Helicopter Regiment 34||18Nov1975|
|details||930||Mi-8T||105 45||Helicopter Regiment 34||18Nov1975|
|details||931||Mi-8T||105 46||Helicopter Regiment 34||18Nov1975|
|details||932||Mi-8T||105 47||Helicopter Regiment 34||14Nov1975|
|details||960||Mi-8PS||105 48||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||24Mar1976|
|details||961||Mi-8PS||105 49||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||22Mar1976|
|details||962||Mi-8PS||105 50||Transport Aviation Regiment 44||24Mar1976|