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Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War by Yefim Gordon

Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War
Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War
Yefim Gordon
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Hikoki Publications (August 18, 2009)
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Born in the 1930s, the Soviet Air Force's long-range bomber arm (known initially as the ADD and later as the DA) proved itself during World War II and continued to develop in the immediate post-war years, when the former allies turned Cold War opponents. When the strategic bomber Tu-4 was found to be too 'short-legged' to deliver strikes against the main potential adversary - the USA, both Tupolev and Myasishchev OKBs began the task by creating turbine-engined strategic bombers. By the Khrushchev era in the mid/late 1950's the Soviet defense industry and aircraft design bureau set about adapting the bombers to take air-launched missiles for use against land and sea targets. In 1962 the DA fielded its first supersonic aircraft - the Tu-22 Blinder twinjet, which came in pure bomber and missile strike versions. The Brezhnev years saw a resurgence of strategic aviation with the Tu-22M Backfire 'swing-wing' supersonic medium bomber entering service in the mid-1970s followed in 1984 by the Tu-95MS Bear-H and Tu-160 Blackjack which were capable of carrying six and 12 air-launched cruise missiles respectively. Soviet Strategic Aviation in the Cold War shows how the DA's order of battle changed in the period from 1945 to 1991. Major operations including the air arm's involvement in the Afghan War, the Cold War exercises over international waters in the vicinity of the 'potential adversary', and the shadowing of NATO warships are covered together with details of Air Armies, bomber divisions and bomber regiments, including their aircraft on a type-by-type basis. More than 500 photos, most of which are previously unpublished in the West, are supplemented by 61 color profiles, color badges, and line drawings of the aircraft and their weapons, making this an essential reference source for the historian and modeler alike.

  • Moonworm
Gordon hits another home run! More than just a laundry list of Soviet strategic bombers, this book begins the immediate post WWII era with the formation of the Long Range Aviation force and traces the fleet up to the present day. Along with tons of great b&w and color photos that are typical Gordon, there is also fine artwork, relevant anecdotes from bomber crewmen, and plenty of information on related issues such as the roles of the bombers in Soviet atomic bomb tests, combat in Afghanistan abd Chechnya, and the supporting aircraft like the Il-78 MIDAS tankers and the navigation trainers. And, like all of Gordon's titles in the "Aerofax" series, there are plenty of photos to please the modeler or the Russian military avaition enthusiast. A SUPER book..if the topic at all interests you, buy it!
  • Centrizius
Yefim Gordon's "Soviet Strategic Aviation during the Cold War is a well written book that follows the expansion of the "long range" aviation component of the Soviet Armed Forces from the introduction of the Soviet copy of the B-29 (TU-4) and the development of the Soviet atom bomb, to development of the TU-160 and it's arrival in the time of "Glanost" and "Perestryka" as well as the fate of air assets at the time of the disolusion of the Soviet Union.
The informaton in it is a good balance between the techincal as well as the added anecdotal showing the human element missing in most other books on the topic of Russian aviation (most notably written by western authors during the cold war). Even though many of the technical information passages mirror those found in other of Gordon's books they are well balanced with new information. The technical, human perspective, program development, as well as the provided insight of how the different Soviet bureaucracies interacted with each other gives genuine feel of life from the Soviet point of view, and keeps the the reader interested.
The illustrations are well rounded with line and side drawing of many aircraft types. While many may be new to most readers, many were previously published in older Russian as well as in other of Gordon's books. To be fair, the sources for photos taken during the Soviet era were far fewer and very restricted. Still the book is well illustrated and the photos of the loading and delivery of the Soviet atomic weapons is well worth the price.
Overall, the book is a recommended read covering a subject of Soviet Aviation during the cold war that was even more closed to the public, provides a glimpse into the operations, structure, organizational relationship, aircraft development, as well as giving the reader a feel for the human element.
  • Amhirishes
Everything you might want to know about the history and development of the Soviet Strategic Aviation. Describes development of the various airplanes and their deployment units. Includes discussion of the weapons (conventional and nuclear), rockets, and missiles associated with the airplanes.
  • Iell
Thanks for this kind of book series.
  • Thetahuginn
Some decent photographs, but virtually zero information on units or bases (one reason I bought it). It's a typical Yefim Gordon product - lots of copy and paste from other sources.