The World’s Largest Chopper Can Carry the Equivalent of 11 Family Cars at Once

By: | May 23rd, 2014

The Russian-built Mi-26 helicopter is the world’s largest, standing approximately the same height as a three story building with rotors measuring the same length as the wings of an Airbus A320.

The Mi-26, commonly referred to as the Halo, is a staple of the ultra-heavy lift industry thanks to a pair of 11,000 horsepower turboshaft engines.

The Halo has a range of 500 miles and can carry up to 44,000 pounds of cargo, equivalent to 11 family cars.

For a better perspective on how big this mammoth of a helicopter is, the Mi-26’s power and payload capacity is double that of the U.S. Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopter!

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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