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4.0 out of 5 stars Pictorial overview of the Sukhoi Su-7 and Su-20 fighter bombers in Polish service, 3 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Polish Wings: No. 9: Sukhoi Su-7 and Su-20 (Paperback)
The series (Polish Wings) features most of the prominent aircraft that have served in the Polish Air Force from before WW2 to more or less the present day. This means there is usually relatively little information on the aircraft type's development (especially for the non-domestic types) and more on what units they served with, some experiences and general comments on use, and most importantly, a rich archive of pictures and colour plates, which should prove very useful for modellers.

The book on the Su-7 and Su-20 fighter bombers is no different. Compared to MiG-29: Pt. 2 (Polish Wings) from the same series there is quite a bit more text, which given the length of the aircraft's service in the Polish Airforce is not surprising (1964 to 1997). The book includes info on what units the aircraft served in, which subtypes were used, the delivery dates, accidents in service...

You will not get much in terms of technical information or first hand accounts on how the aircraft were perceived but that is not the primary aim of the series anyway. The pictorial component is excellent throughout, though. Lots of pictures will most likely be of the previously unpublished variety (at least in the English speaking literature) and will cover all the facets of the types. There is also a myriad of colour plates, with all the significant variations in the colour schemes covered (primarily a feature after the second overhaul of the Su-20s, where they went from a metal finish to a patterned camouflage).

If you are interested in Cold War military aviation from players other than the superpowers and especially if you are a modeller, it is hard to go wrong with this book. Sure it needs to be complemented with other sources (here something like Famous Russian Aircraft: Sukhoi Su-7 and Su - 17/20/22 Fighter Bomber Family may be quite useful) to get the best understanding of the aircraft type but it will provide an added perspective and the pictures truly are unique.
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