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Early Soviet Jet Fighters: The 1940s and Early 1950s, Vol. 4 (Red Star) Paperback – December 19, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-1857801392 ISBN-10: 1857801393 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Yefim Gordon is one of Russia’s leading aviation writers and publishers.  He is the author of many books on Soviet aviation and currently lives in Moscow.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Midland Publishing; 1st edition (December 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857801393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857801392
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pete57 on July 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book along with its sister publication on the early Soviet jet bombers casts some light into the rather obscure subjet of the early jet propulsion experiments in the Soviet Union.

I disagree with the author on a couple of points.

1. On page 20-21, he compares the first Soviet-built, turbojet-powered aircraft to fly -- the MiG-9 -- with the British Gloster Meteor F.Mk.III and the US built Lockheed P-80A, with the British and US jets being "...inferior in performance to the MiG-9...".
Indeed he points out that both the Meteor and the P-80A "...had been designed and built somewhat earlier..." but this very fact should have suggested him to run a comparison with the MiG-9 contemporaries, the Gloster Meteor 4 and the Lockheed P-80B which would have made it a more balanced affair.
Instead he rather vaguely states "...A while later, improved versions of the Western fighters outperformed the Mikoyan twinjet, but that was achieved primarily thanks to the installation of more powerful engines (the Soviet Union was still seriously lagging behind the Western world in aero engine design at the time)..."
It would have been more appropriate to compare the MiG-9 with the P-84 (later F-84) which, having flown roughly two months before, was its true contemporary, and outperformed the MiG-9 in terms of top speed, climb rate, and range (all non secondary factors in air-to-air combat) and this despite of a slightly lower total thrust (6% lower).
Later on, during the Korean conflict, the Chinese Air Force leadership, would doggedly refuse to commit its large fleet of MiG-9 to the combat arena (and this despite of strong pressure to do so from Stalin himself) having correctly assessed the MiG-9's inferiority to the US jet fighters then fighting in Korea.

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By Gary on January 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
i have 25 books from this author and this is one of them .you willnot be deceived with this book .very good pictures with an informative text.Highly recemmended.thank You Gary B
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