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This Day in Aviation History

July 9th, 1961
The prototype Mil Mi-8, the Soviet Union’s most successful helicopter, makes its first flight.

Wikipedia, Mil Mi-8:

I noticed a discrepancy between the source I use and what is in the Wikipedia entry. The date quoted as the first flight is the 7th in Wikipedia. My source has the 9th.

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