Today in aviation history – 17th June

On 17th June 1982 was made a test flight of a Soviet helicopter Ka-50. Ka-50 was constructed by Kamov’s construction office in the early 80’s and entered to service of the Russian Federation in 1995. The aircraft was created in order to eliminate earthbound targets, including armored targets and infantry. On January 2001 Ka-50 had its baptism of fire in Chechnya. The pilots of KA-50 damaged 30 significant targets. The helicopters were extremely effective, even on 5000 m height.