Soviet Air Defense Aviation 1945-1991

Published: July 3rd, 2014     
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Author: Yefim Gordon & Sergey Komissarov
Reviewed by: 
Jim Deck, IPMS# 47248
Company: Hikoki Publications
ISBN #: 9781857803327
Other Publication Information: Hardcover, 336 pages, 400+ photographs, 50 profiles
Price: $56.95
Product / Stock #: 925

This isn't book it's a tome, and a well done one at that. The large 8.5" x 11" pages are chock full of information, photographs and drawings. The book is broken down into 7 chapters the first four of which are divided by specific eras with the last three tackling specific subjects. One entire chapter deals with the downing of both KAL flight KE902 and KE007.

This is a quality book, not your typical hobby shelf reference fodder. It is nicely bound on heavy stock paper and includes the dustcover as pictured. The pages are well laid out with crisp text and hundreds of unique photographs. The profile drawings are just icing on the cake.

Being a novice when it comes to cold war Soviet aviation I was excited to get my hands on this book. The information contained within its covers was an eye opener to me on many levels. For instance I had no idea of the volume of over flight missions during the Cold War. There are many detailed accounts of both successful and unsuccessful intercepts. It's some pretty amazing stuff to me. Furthermore the book details what units were assigned what aircraft types, when they were assigned, and where they were stationed. All interesting bits indeed.

I want to thank Hikoki Publications for the publication, and Specialty Press for providing the review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and you will too! Get your own 'cause this one's mine..

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