Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War

Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War

by Yefim Gordon, Dmitri Khazanov
     
 

This first of a two-volume set details all World War II Soviet combat aircraft, both prototype and operational. Until now, books on the subject have been heavy on Western sources and light on firsthand accounts. In preparing this volume, the authors trawled rich archives in the Soviet Union to reveal a wealth of data that rewrites longheld Western beliefs.

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This first of a two-volume set details all World War II Soviet combat aircraft, both prototype and operational. Until now, books on the subject have been heavy on Western sources and light on firsthand accounts. In preparing this volume, the authors trawled rich archives in the Soviet Union to reveal a wealth of data that rewrites longheld Western beliefs.

In addition to the design, political background, and production history of each aircraft, the authors provide technical descriptions and comprehensive specification charts. The war records of the aircraft are accompanied by firsthand accounts from the pilots who flew them into combat, as well as comparisons to American, British, and German aircraft of the period. Nearly 477 ultra-rare period photographs and exclusive drawings offer an unprecedented review of these fascinating aircraft. Includes an introduction by renowned UK aviation journalist Bill Gunston.

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Booknews
This is the first of a two-volume set detailing Soviet WWII combat aircraft, both prototype and operational. Arranged by manufacturer, entries describe products of famous designers as well as lesser known names, drawing on Russian primary sources including manufacturers, flight test establishments, and Soviet air force and naval aviation operational records. These sources have produced a wealth of new material, much of which re-writes previously held Western views. An introduction sets out the unique nature of Soviet aviation in terms of research and development, aircraft production, and combat tactics. Includes some 360 b&w historical photos of airplanes, many never published in the West, plus 28 multi-view plans and 17 color drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Carl Smith
First hand and operational accounts from pilots make this volume unique and tremendously useful to the modeler, gamer, or historian. These books should be welcome additions to bookshelves of military and air historians.
Osprey Military Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857800838
Publisher:
MBI Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.41(h) x 0.69(d)

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