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Neuvostoliitossa haluttiin Mi-24:ään kyky ampua taakse, ja asia ajateltiin ratkaista asentamalla rungon peräosaan taakse osoittava konekivääri. Käyttäjä olisi kopterin ampuja, joka siirtyisi paikaltaan ryömintäväylän(!) kautta konekiväärin puikkoihin. Kokeissa tilaan pääsi pakokaasuja, ja eräs ylipainoinen neuvostoilmavoimien kenraali juuttui ahtaaseen ryömintäväylään. Kuten arvata saattaa, keksintö ei päässyt tuotantoon asti...

It proved useful to carry a technician in the Mi-24's crew compartment to handle a light machine gun in a window port. This gave the Mi-24 some ability to "watch its back" while leaving a target area. In some cases, a light machine gun was fitted on both sides to allow the technician to move from one side to the other without having to take the machine gun with him.

This weapon configuration still left the gunship blind to the direct rear, and Mil experimented with fitting a machine gun in the back of the fuselage, accessible to the gunner through a narrow crawl-way. The experiment was highly unsuccessful, as the space was cramped, full of engine exhaust fumes, and otherwise unbearable. During a demonstration, an overweight Soviet Air Force general got stuck in the crawl-way.[4] Operational Mi-24s were retrofitted with rear-view mirrors to help the pilot spot threats and take evasive action.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil_Mi-24#First_deployment_and_combat
 
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