BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham is getting an unusual new display: A Soviet-era helicopter.
Officials say a MI-24 Hind helicopter is arriving this week at the museum, which is located near the Birmingham airport.
The MI-24 saw heavy use in Afghanistan in the 1980s after the Soviet Union invasion. Afghan insurgents eventually succeeded in shooting down the choppers with Stinger surface-to-air missiles, helping lead to the Soviet withdrawal.
The helicopter will be part of a new Cold War exhibit at the museum.