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Foreign students helicopter training
in the mid-seventies

Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-4 Hound Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-4 Hound
Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-4 Hound Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-4 Hound

 

Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-4 Hound

The Hungarian students traveled to the Soviet Union after a one-year Russian language course. The training took place in the town of Frunze and Tokmak.

Half a year of theoretical training and half a year of practical training. The Soviet 5th Training Centerís  714th Training Helicopter Regiment settled the Frunze-1 airport. In summer the temperature was often 40 degrees, and they could fly a lot. In the Soviet Union, they received technical and basic pilot training in three years. They didn't receive combat training.
 
In the first half of the helicopter pilots training, Mi-4 Hound helicopters were used. Students liked the old type.
 

 

Soviet Air Force Frunze Soviet Air Force Frunze
Soviet Air Force Frunze Soviet Air Force Frunze

The Hungarian pilots studied with Cuban, Afghan and African pilots. The foreign students' preparation was mixed. Some African pilots have learned to write and read here.

In the second half of the training, the Mi-8T helicopter was used. The new type's gas turbine engine responded slower to the acceleration than the old Mi-4 type.
 

Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C
Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C
Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C

On weekends, the students helped expand the airport.

Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C
Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C Soviet Air Force Frunze Mi-8T Hip-C

In their free time, the students could climb the nearby mountains, walk out to the beach next to the water reservoir, play sports or go sightseeing.

Soviet Air Force Frunze Soviet Air Force Frunze
Soviet Air Force Frunze Soviet Air Force Frunze
Soviet Air Force Frunze Soviet Air Force Frunze
Soviet Air Force Frunze Soviet Air Force Frunze

The students took part the on the Soviet Victory Parade at Frunze in 1975.

Soviet Air Force military parade 1975 Frunze Soviet Air Force military parade 1975 Frunze

Photos: Ferenc Szabolcsi and Sandor Csanyi collection