The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraftby Bill Gunston
Sweeping away the "red herrings" and spurious details invented in the West between 1950 and 1970, this exhaustive volume can be offered to the public with the knowledge that it documents the true histories of some 1000 aircraft types. Much of what was believed to be fact has been proven wrong in various degrees, and it can confidently be claimed that no book in the history of aviation has ever contained so much new information. The volume is prefixed by sections on aircraft designations, engines, air launched weapons and much more. Osprey. G.I.: The Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform, and His Equipment Volume 21
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This book is an exhaustive attempt to catalog all aircraft designed and flown in Pre-Revolution, Soviet and modern Russia. It is remarkable that the author was able to unearth so much information. There are in fact so many aircraft mentioned and shown that the text is written in an abbreviated format to prevent the book from being too big to pick up. All in all a thorough and enjoyable reference book.