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A book on aviation in Russia and the Soviet Union? Here are books on the history, types and technology of Russian civil and military aircraft.

Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 : Camouflage and Marking (Volume 3) - Red Stars

This third volume describes the history of the little-known emblems and distinctive markings of early Soviet military aircraft from the revolution to the Russian exit from World War One.
The authors have managed to collect, and in some cases partially reconstruct, the majority of emblems and signs used in Russia during this period by military aviation units. The collected material is presented in a clear and attractive form - colour plates, reconstructed logos, and original photographs from public and private archives.

This profusely illustrated book covers the aircraft used by early Soviet aviation, with brief details of their service use and comprehensive details of the colours and markings they carried.
Besides the many photographs, full colour profiles illustrate the markings applied. Detailed colour notes and precise descriptions and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modellers.

Author:Marat Khairulin
Specs:240 pages, 29.5 x 21 cm / 11.6 x 8.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs + drawings
Publisher:MMP Books (PL, 2017)
EAN:9788365281647
Book: Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 : Camouflage and Marking (Volume 3) - Red Stars

Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922 : Camouflage and Marking (Volume 3) - Red Stars

Language: English

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The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I (Volume 1) - A chronology 1910-1917

"The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I" two volume set is a prodigious scholarly endeavor, offering for the first time in the English language a close up view of Air Fleet operations and personnel. Volume1 is a chronology of the development of aeronautics and aviation in Russia beginning in the earliest days and the eventual emergence of the Air Fleet, which is carried through to its dissolution by the Bolsheviks and the beginning of the Red Air Fleet in March 1918.
There are also chapters on manufacturers, airmen badges, aviation uniforms, flight helmets, markings, flags and pennants, organizational charts, maps of the Russian and Romanian Fronts, and bibliography.

Author:August G. Blume
Specs:240 pages, 29 x 22.5 x 3.2 cm / 11.4 x 8.9 x 1.26 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2010)
EAN:9780764333514
Book: The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I (Volume 1) - A chronology 1910-1917

The Russian Military Air Fleet in World War I (Volume 1) - A chronology 1910-1917

Language: English

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Soviet Aircraft Industry

Soviet aircraft industry was an essential part of the USSR's campaign for global dominance in the twentieth century. Thanks to the thick fog of secrecy that enveloped it throughout the Cold War, it has long inspired the fascination of analysts and enthusiasts in the West; until the collapse of the USSR in 1991, details of Soviet aircraft were often a matter of conjecture.
This book aims to uncover fully the mystery surrounding this topic.

Drawing on original and previously unpublished information obtained directly from the former USSR, Soviet Aircraft Industry examines the unique characteristics of Soviet-designed aircraft - particularly military types, which were the cause of great concern to the West.
Further, by virtue of the industry's central role throughout Soviet history, this book provides a rare and important perspective into the broader theme of Russia's great communist experiment.

Author:Peter G. Dancey
Specs:288 pages, 25 x 17 cm / 9.8 x 6.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:64 b&w photographs
Publisher:Fonthill Media (GB, 2015)
EAN:9781781552896
Book: Soviet Aircraft Industry

Soviet Aircraft Industry

Language: English

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Unflown Wings: Soviet / Russian Unreleased Aircraft Projects 1925-2010

A detailed volume uncovering a wide range of Soviet aviation projects that, for a variety of reasons, never progressed beyond the drawing board. Packed with over 800 illustrations including photos, drawings and diagrams.

Author:Yefim Gordon, Sergey Komissarov
Specs:640 pages, 29 x 22 x 4.3 cm / 11.4 x 8.7 x 1.69 in, hardback
Illustrations:800+ photographs and drawings
Publisher:Crecy Publishing (GB, 2013)
EAN:9781906537340
Book: Unflown Wings: Soviet / Russian Unreleased Aircraft Projects 1925-2010

Unflown Wings: Soviet / Russian Unreleased Aircraft Projects 1925-2010

Language: English

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Soviet Airmen in the Spanish Civil War - 1936-1939

Between September 1936 and February 1939, the Soviet Union was covertly aiding the Spanish Republic in its civil war with the right wing forces of General Francisco Franco, which had revolted against the government and were being aided semi-covertly by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

The Soviets were not only supplying the Republic with oil, gasoline, and food stuffs, but also the aircraft, tanks, artillery pieces, and small arms they needed to conduct the war. The Soviets also began sending military advisers and personnel from all branches of the service, plus engineers, translators, merchant seamen and war industry factory workers.

Of the approximately 3,000 people sent from the Soviet Union, 772 were from the air force, and of these 100 were killed in action or died as a result of accidents or wounds received in battle.

Author:Paul Whelan
Specs:320 pages, 26 x 18.5 x 1.8 cm / 10.25 x 7.3 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:568 illustrations
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2014)
EAN:9780764346330
Book: Soviet Airmen in the Spanish Civil War - 1936-1939

Soviet Airmen in the Spanish Civil War - 1936-1939

Language: English

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Die Waffen der Roten Armee - Flugzeuge 1939-1945

Mit diesem Band aus der Reihe »Die Waffen der Roten Armee« wendet sich der russische Militärhistoriker Victor Schunkow den sowjetischen Flugzeugen des Zweiten Weltkriegs zu.
Er bietet einen kompletten Überblick über die Entwicklung der sowjetischen Luftstreitkräfte und der Luftfahrtindustrie in den Vorkriegsjahren und während des Krieges.

Pages of the book Die Waffen der Roten Armee - Flugzeuge 1939–1945 (1)

In bereits bewährter Art wird jedes Muster mit einer kurzen Entstehungsgeschichte und Beschreibung des Entwurfs nebst technischen Angaben vorgestellt.
Ein eigenes Kapitel beschäftigt sich mit der umfangreichen Flugzeugbewaffnung. Farbgrafiken und seltene Fotos runden die Darstellung ab.

Author:Victor Schunkow
Specs:200 pages, 24.5 x 17.5 x 1.7 cm / 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.67 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2022)
EAN:9783613044654
Book: Die Waffen der Roten Armee - Flugzeuge 1939-1945

Die Waffen der Roten Armee - Flugzeuge 1939-1945

Language: German

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Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the Second World War

In Russia, the American Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter along with the Studebaker US6 truck and canned stewed meat became the symbols of Allied help to the USSR during the Second World War. Other aircraft which arrived to the country under the Lend-Lease program are less known but also made a valuable contribution to the victory.
The author of this book for the first time has assembled a huge volume of information related to the delivery of aviation equipment from UK and USA. Based on documents from Russian and foreign archives, museums, and veterans' recollections, the author has made a qualitative and quantitative appraisal of the influence of these deliveries upon the Soviet war effort and airpower during the conflict.

The book details the routes of the aircraft deliveries to Russia, the modifications which were done in order to suit the demands of the Russian climate and specifics of their front-line use, as well as the process of the new aircraft being mastered by the units of the Red Army Air Force.

For the first time an attempt has been made to assess the influence of the deliveries of material and equipment upon the Soviet aviation industry and war effort. The author's impressive text is supported by nearly 700 colour and b/w photographs, 100 colour aircraft profiles, plus maps, charts etc.

Author:Vladimir Kotelnikov
Specs:576 pages, 24.5 x 18 x 2.8 cm / 9.7 x 7.1 x 1.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:700 b&w and colour photographs, 100 profile drawings in colour
Publisher:Helion & Company (GB, 2021)
EAN:9781914059599
Book: Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the Second World War

Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the Second World War

Language: English

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Transportflugzeuge aus der Sowjetunion

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Durch den Krieg in der Ukraine sind die militärischen Fähigkeiten Russlands wieder in den Fokus der breiten Öffentlichkeit gerückt. Ganz zentral sind hierbei auch die Lufttransportkapazitäten.
Zu Zeiten der Sowjetunion entstanden enorm leistungsfähige Fluggeräte, so auch die legendäre Antonow An-225 (ein Einzelstück), die tragischerweise bei den Kampfhandlungen unwiederbringlich zerstört wurde.

Pages of the book Transportflugzeuge aus der Sowjetunion (1)

Michael Normann, selbst ehem. Angehöriger der NVA, beschreibt hier bewährt fachkundig und detailliert die fliegenden Transporter aus Sowjetzeiten, die vielfach bis heute im Einsatz sind. Ein topaktuelles Nachschlagewerk.

Author:Michael Normann
Specs:176 pages, 27 x 23.5 x 1.6 cm / 10.6 x 9.25 x 0.63 in, hardback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Pietsch Verlag (D, 2023)
EAN:9783613045323
Book: Transportflugzeuge aus der Sowjetunion

Transportflugzeuge aus der Sowjetunion

Language: German

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Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

In both Soviet and modern Russia a multitude of aircraft have been used for test and research purposes. Primarily this was done for verifying new avionics, aircraft systems and weaponry but testbed aircraft were also utilised for other purposes including testing the components of ballistic missile systems.

Encompassing test aircraft from the 1930s to the present day, this book provides an unique insight into how test articles including ramjet boosters and air-launched cruise missiles were developed, the aircraft that carried them and the test centres they flew from.
It investigates all categories of test and research aircraft: engine testbeds including the Il-76LL and Tu-16LL; radar testbeds such as the SL-18P based on the well-known Il-18 airliner; electronic warfare system testbeds and those used for weapons testing including the G-310; aerodynamics and control configured vehicles like the DB-3LL laminar flow research aircraft and the LMK-2405.

The Su-29KS and An-12MLL ejection seat testbeds, refuelling systems, helicopters modified as rotor systems testbeds and civil aircraft including the An-12BPTs 'Tsiklon' weather research aircraft and IMARK geophysical survey aircraft are described as are the MiG-27LL and MiG-29KVP aircraft used for testing conventional take-off and landing technologies during the Soviet CTOL aircraft carrier development programme.

Comprehensive details of each aircraft are coupled with information on the test centres from which these testbeds operate including the M. M. Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovskiy, and the Air Force's 929th State Flight Test Centre in Akhtoobinsk.

With over 700 photographs, 72 line drawings, close-up views of tell-tale 'bumps and bulges' and more than 100 new colour profiles to illustrate the aircraft, Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft provides a wealth of new information for the historian, aviation enthusiast and modeller alike.

Author:Gordon Yefim, Dmitriy Komissarov
Specs:320 pages, 30 x 21.5 x 4.5 cm / 11.8 x 8.5 x 1.77 in, hardback
Illustrations:700 b&w and colour photographs, 100+ profile drawings
Publisher:Hikoki Publications (GB, 2011)
Series:Hikoki
EAN:9781902109183
Book: Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

Language: English

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Last update:24-05-2024