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Soviet Air Defence Aviation: 1945-1991 Hardcover – 31 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hikoki Publications (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902109252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902109251
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 21.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Real in-depth coverage of Soviet air power. If it's detail you need, this is the book. Escalation of technology on both sides well covered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Source of Information on Soviet Aviation during the Cold War 16 Jan. 2015
By Amarauder - Published on Amazon.com
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in military aviation. The book is thorough and includes a lot of information on aircraft such as the Il-28 and Yak-28, both of which had proven to be notoriously hard for me to research due to limited data. This book fills the informational void between the post WW2 period up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The book also has several color illustrations and photos for each aircraft covered in the text. Along with color illustrations and photos there's technical specifications and first-hand testimonials taken from Soviet pilots and ground control. They discuss how situations unfolded during test flights, crashes, as well as the shoot downs of Korean airlines and several other engagements between Soviet and NATO aircraft. I had not known about most of those events until I read them in this book. You will also learn how complicated the Soviet air defense network was configured and managed. Whether you build scale models or are interested in military aviation this book is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How the Other side viewed us 18 Jan. 2013
By C. A. Stidsen - Published on Amazon.com
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This text is the third in a series of texts on various aspects of Soviet Aviation (Long-Range Aviation, Tactical Aviation, Air Defense) and provides a unique view into the mindset of Russian authors when dealing with defense of the Motherland. The recounting of interceptions of US and British overflights ( and there were a lot of them) in the first chapter is the first such list that I have seen in print. Subsequent chapters on the buildup and modernization of the PVO are deft and concise, and are a useful reflection for anyone who remembers the concurrent equally large buildup of US Interceptor forces during the 1950's - 1970's against the threat of Russian overflights and possible attacks. The book is at its best when dealing with the period up to 1975 or so. The closer to current times , the more vague the text becomes , reflecting perhaps the continued lack of more current accessible sources, or perhaps simply the Russian obsession with matters of Security.

While it is an educational ( I hesitate to say "enjoyable" ) read in retrospect , it may prove arduous for most U.S. readers who have to slog through Russian words, phrases and locations and the general unfamiliarity/ignorance most Americans (including me) have regarding the "Evil Empire" . It is however also likely to be the best such history of its topic for some time. As such I consider it Very Good value for the money and highly recommended for the serious Aviation Historian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soviet and Russian interceptors shooting down intruders! Many great stories and pictures you've never heard or seen! 7 Dec. 2013
By R. Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
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Detail, detail, detail. Yefim Gordon gives you a behind the Iron Curtain look at Soviet air defence fighters and the men who flew them. Many detailed descriptions of interceptions of Nato aircraft and stories I'd never heard of SR-71 intercepts. Great stuff! If you are an aviation buff or modeller this book is for you. Color side views abound as well as excellent artwork of unit emblems.
It is refreshing to hear the history from another perspective. Much attention is paid to the different models of aircraft as they matured the designs and weapon systems.
5.0 out of 5 stars I've always been fascinated by almost everything to do with ... 12 Nov. 2014
By David E Churchill - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always been fascinated by almost everything to do with the Cold War. Being an American, most everything written from that era that I had access to is from the western perspective. It's good to see the other side of the coin. This is loaded with pictures and anecdotes from the cold war Soviet AD fighter force. As a modeler and cold war geek, I rate this book 5 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll want 5 May 2014
By William Loring - Published on Amazon.com
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A great source of info and photos of the first (could a second be coming?) Soviet air defence force. For someone who grew up during the cold war, info on Soviet aircraft was hard to come by and rather speculative at best. I have most of Gordon's books on Soviet era aircraft, and have enjoyed them all though they DO sometimes seem just a bit overpriced.
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