Below are the books  recommended by me for any enthusiast of Russian aircraft. If there are any books which you know of that provides a good source of material on Russian Equipment. Please inform me at

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Sukhoi Books

Okb Sukhoi : A History of the Design Bureau and Its Aircraft 
by Vladimir Antonov, Yefim Gordon (Contributor), Mikolai Gordyukov, vladim Yakovlev, Vyachaslav Zenkin (Contributor)

Hardcover - 300 pages (December 1996)
Voyageur Press; ISBN: 1857800125 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 11.26 x 8.80

Book Description
The famous Russian soviet aircraft design bureau is thoroughly documented in this book, which has been prepared with the cooperation of the Sukhoi bureau and with extensive access to their records and photo files. Each individual aircraft type is reviewed in detail, including phototypes, testbeds and projects in various three view and other drawings.

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Sukhoi Flanker Su-27 by Dennis R. Jenkins
Su-27 Flanker by Sergey Skrynnikov
Sukhoi Su-27 'Flanker' including Su-30 to Su-35 by Jon Lake 


MIG books

Mig Aircraft Since 1937 (Putnam Aviation Series) by Bill Gunston, Yefim Gordon 
        Hardcover - 304 pages (July 1998)
        United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557505411 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 10.96 x 8.34

Jane's How to Fly and Fight in the Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum : At the Controls (At the Controls) by Jon Lake
     Paperback - 96 pages (June 1998)
Harperreference; ISBN: 0004721446 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.33 x 10.42 x 7.68

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Book Description

Jane's At the Controls is a new series providing a 'hands-on' briefing of what it is like to fly and fight in modern combat aircraft. The MiG-29 was introduced by the soviet air-force just as the Warsaw Pact began to break up. Armed with a new generation of air-to-air missiles and capable of astonishing maneuvers that can give it to the edge against most modern interceptors, the MiG-29 remains one of the best fighter aircraft in the world today.

Continuing the successful At the Controls Series, Jane's military hardware experts look at the excellent all-weather MiG-29 fighter, mainstay of the former Soviet air force. Simple, cheap, and reliable, the MiG-29 became its nation's frontline fighter, a job it has performed remarkably well for a decade. Special 30" full-color foldout details the MiG-29's instrumentation, capabilities, and tactics. 150 illustrations.


Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum : Multi-Role Fighter 
by Yefim Gordon 

Hardcover - 304 pages (November 1999)
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0760307644 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 10.00 x 7.71

Book Description
Developed to meet the Soviet Union's requirement for a dual fighter and ground-attack aircraft, the MiG-29 entered operational service in 1983. Russian author and aviation expert Yefim Gordon interviews Mikoyan design and engineer personnel to reveal the development and operational history of the MiG-29. With access to all design and production records, as well as declassified technical drawings and photographs, Gordon has assembled the ultimate reference to this Cold War fighter, of which an estimated 500 are still believed to be in service around the globe, including in Russia, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, India, Iraq, Iran, Poland and Malaysia.

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Mig-25 'Foxbat' Mig-31 'Foxhound' : Russia's Defensive Front Line 
by Yefim Gordon 
        Paperback - 96 pages (January 1998)
Aerofax Midland Pub Ltd; ISBN: 1857800648 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.25 x 10.96 x 8.41

Book Description
This book takes a detailed, informed, and dispassionate viewpoint of this awesome aeronautical achievement. The MiG-25 follow-on was the similar-looking MiG-31 'Foxhound,' which has not been well documented until this book. The MiG-31 was a new aircraft designed to counter U.S. cruise missiles and was put into production in 1979.

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Tupelov Tu-22 `Blinder' Tu-22m `Backfire' : Russia's Long Range Supersonic Bombers (Aerofax Series)  by Yefim Gordon, Vladimir Rigmant 
        Paperback - 96 pages (January 1999)
Aerofax Midland Pub Ltd; ISBN: 1857800656 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.30 x 11.06 x 8.48

Book Description

The Tu-22 'Blinder' never really gave the U.S.S.R. what they were looking for in a supersonic nuclear bomber, but the Tu-22M 'Backfire' did--it's truly a long range supersonic bomber. This book reveals Soviet tactics for destroying NATO warships using 'Blinders' and its use by Libya and Iraq.
Yefim Gordon, of Moscow, Russia, is a noted Russian aviation historian and writer who has had several books published in the west. Vladimir Rigmant, of Moscow, Russia, is an aviation historian specializing in the Tupolev design bureau.

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Soviet X-Planes by Yefim Gordon, Bill Gunston

Hardcover - 192 pages (January 2001)
Specialty Pr Pub & Wholesalers; ISBN: 1857800990 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 11.40 x 8.66

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Book Description
This detailed review of Soviet experimental aircraft from the early 1900s to the latest Russian prototypes of today is the first book to take a close look at all of the major Soviet experimental aircraft in one concise volume. Working from original sources, the authors have produced an outstanding reference which, although concentrates on hardware, also includes many projects that were built but never flew, and even a few that never got off the proverbial drawing board. About 150 aircraft types are described, each with relevant data, including many three-view drawings.


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The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft
by Bill Gunston

 Paperback - 560 pages (July 2000)
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 184176096X ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.36 x 10.83 x 8.67

This book is a must-have for all people interested in aviation of our "coldwar-eastern enemy". The often different approach of russian designers to aircraft design gave us some very surprising en extotic aircraft types. Much more than in the west, soviet aircraft were being designed and built for an operational purpose. The result often was an aircraft, very rugged and suited to it's operational requirements but often lacking in economic operations. Solutions were solutions, no mather how expensive or uneconomical. Off course some of the soviet aircraft are still unrivalled in their class. The IL76 is still one off the most rugged heavy transports and if you look at the technical propulsion system of the Lockheed X-35 S/VTOL demonstrator, one can see that it is directly derived from the YAK141 prototype. The russian designers often were much more practical in approach and with limited resources they achieved very much. This book contains them all. From the early "kites" till Ekranoplans! The definitive work on this subject!

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