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Soviet Tactical Aviation
by Yefim Gordon
and Dmitriy Komissarov

Specialty Press

 

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number, Description and ISBN:

Soviet Tactical Aviation
Authors: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Publisher: Hikoki
ISBN: 9781902109237

Item #HK923

Contents & Media:

Hardcover, 356 pages, 8.25" x 11"

Price:

MSRP: US$56.95

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Excellent research; 600 B&W and color photos – many previously unpublished

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

Reflecting latest research, this captivating volume deserves a spot in your Cold War library.  Soviet Tactical Aviation earned my highest recommendation.


Reviewed by David L. Veres


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FirstRead


Soviet Tactical Aviation by Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarv superbly illumines the amazing scope and scale of “Frontal Aviation” assets from Nazism’s 1945 defeat to communism’s 1991 collapse.

Text traces the total tale – planning, equipment, operations and politics – in one handy, helpful tome.  Coverage chronologically courses from the Korean Conflict, to competing post-war priorities, through tactical aviation’s rebirth in the 1960’s and 1970’s, to growing sophistication and capability during the Cold War’s final decade.

I especially enjoyed sections on embryonic tactical assets.  There, the authors capably chronicle the earliest Il-10’s through elusive La-15’s to iconic MiG-15’s.  Sections on “Friendly Nations” assistance and Soviet Afghan War operations proved equally absorbing.

Hobbyists will welcome the book’s 600 B&W and color photos – many previously unpublished.  All the customary cast appear – MiGs, Sukhois, Yaks and more – often in striking livery.  And the heavily illustrated tome sports 50 beautifully rendered color profiles for abundant model project inspiration.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Reflecting latest research, this captivating volume deserves a spot in your Cold War library.  Soviet Tactical Aviation earned my highest recommendation.


With thanks to SPECIALTY PRESS for the review copy:

SPECIALTY PRESS
39966 Grand Ave.
North Branch, MN  55056
U.S.A.

www.specialtypress.com


Review Copyright 2012 by David L Veres
This Page Created on 13 March, 2012
Last updated 14 March, 2012

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