Leading figures

Mikhail Mil

(1909—1970)
Mikhail Mil

Soviet aircraft designer, creator of the Mi helicopter model. Awarded the USSR State Prize and the Lenin Prize.

Mikhail Mil was born in November 1909 in Irkutsk.

In 1925 he enrolled in the Siberian Technological Institute, and later transferred to the Engineering Faculty at Don Polytechnic Institute in Novocherkassk.

In the 1930s he worked at the Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, where he was one of the team developing the A-7, A-12, and A-15 gyroplanes. During the Second World War he worked on improvements to combat aircraft, and was awarded state honours for this work.

In 1947 Mikhail Mil was appointed chief designer at the helicopter experimental design bureau. In September the following year the first GM-1 (Mi-1 helicopter) made its first flight. A test series of 15 Mi-1 helicopters was then produced.

Mikhail Mil was appointed general designer at the design bureau in 1964, and under his leadership the Mi-2, Mi-4, Mi-6, Mi-8, Mi-10, Mi-12, and Mi-24 helicopters were developed.

The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant is named after him.