Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Company: Hikoki Publications
This is a massive tome that covers Soviet Naval Aviation from immediately post-WWII through the breakup of the USSR. The book is profusely illustrated with hundreds of color and black and white photos, many of which may be new to Western readers. In addition, there are dozens of color profiles throughout the pages.
The book begins with a discussion of Soviet naval aviation in the years following WWII. At first, they were still using leftover indigenous designs as well as US lend/lease aircraft that survived combat. Realizing the need for a long-range navy, they began to modernize and prepare for the struggle with the US and other Western powers. This chapter discusses the organization of naval aviation forces and their work with other elements of the Soviet navy and other armed forces.
The following chapters cover development of naval reconnaissance aviation, strike force aviation, submarine hunters, fighter and attack aircraft, auxiliary and special mission aircraft, and Soviet aircraft carriers.