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Flight Craft 10: MIL' MI-6/-26: Heavy Lift Helicopters

Developed in the early 1950s to meet a Soviet Army requirement and first flown in June 1957, the Mi-6 was the largest-yet helicopter created in the Soviet Union. Its notable features included a power-plant consisting of two turbo-shaft engines (for the first time on a Soviet helicopter) and stub wings offloading the main rotor in forward flight; the cabin was big enough to accommodate artillery systems and tactical ballistic missiles...

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Antonov's Turboprop Twins: An-24, An-26, An-30, An-32 (Red Star Vol. 12)

The An-24 was designed in the late 1950s as the Soviet counterpart of the Fokker F.27 in both appearance and capabilities. The twin-turboprop An-24 was produced by three Soviet aircraft factories; many remain in operation. The Soviet Air Force needed a modern turboprop tactical transport with paradropping capability. Thus the airliner evolved first into the 'quick-fix' An-24T and then into the An-26, which introduced a unique sliding...

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Flight Craft 6: Il'yushin/Beriyev A-50 : The 'Soviet Sentry'

Yefim Gordan once again offers Soviet/Russian aircraft affionados a first rate volume on a a contempory Russian military aircraft, the A-50. The volume is complete with full developmental coverage, color side-views of the aircraft in various schemes, and much else. The A-50 is Russia's AWACS, its equilivent to the U.S.'s Boeing-built AWACS force.  

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Flight Craft 5: Sukhoi Su-15: The 'Boeing Killer'

In the late 1950s, the Sukhoi Design Bureau, already an established fighter maker, started work on a successor to its Su-9 and Su-11 single-engined interceptors for the national Air defense Force. Similar to its predecessors, the new aircraft designated Su-15 had delta wings; unlike the Su-9/Su-11, however, it had twin engines and lateral air intakes freeing up the nose for a powerful fire control radar. First flown in May 1962, the ...

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Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

Absolutely worth the money. Very professional writing, good photos and really tech views. If you are like I am, passionate about military aircraft definitively worth having. This book gives us a well documented and researched look into an area of aviation that is often overlooked. The authors know their subject and do a good job conveying that knowledge! This book would be a good addition to the shelf of the aviation historian, Sovie...