Russian Gunships Fly Very Low
Hind copters’ rooftop flying intimidates in Ukraine
Russian attack helicopter pilots are very good at flying very low. Just ask the Ukrainians.
In the opening phase of Moscow’s recent invasion of Ukraine’s strategic Crimean peninsula starting in late February, Russian Mi-35M Hind-E gunships crossed the Strait of Kerch at low altitude.
In the days that followed, the heavily-armed Mi-35s flew at rooftop heights over Sevastopol, performing over-watch and shows of force to both safeguard Russian troops and intimidate the Ukrainians.
Ultra-low-level flying is part of the routine training for Russia’s Hind pilots. The above footage shows two Mi-35s maneuvering over the beaches of Anapa, on Russia’s Black Sea coast near Crimea.
American Apache gunship crews use similar methods—sometimes with disastrous results.