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The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft 1875-1995 (General Aviation) Hardcover – September 11, 1995

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Product Details

  • Series: General Aviation
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 2nd edition (September 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855324059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855324053
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Gunston has gone to extreme lengths to write a book detailing the complete history of Russian aviation from well before the revolution to modern day. Broken down by design bureau, he details the history and specifications of every design made. Even prototype and un-built designs are covered. It provides a reference on aircraft which are almost impossible to find information on, from the 'KT' flying tank idea to some of the wildest jet amphibians.

Well illustrated with detailed photos (many of which were previously unpublished) and three-way drawings, the book also includes annexes describing Russian engines, avionics, and their aircraft designation methods.

Gunston makes use of recently released information to detail planes that were previously unknown in the West and enhance details on others. He also includes a special pre-revolution section detailing Imperial Russian aviation.

This is a must-have for any Russian aviation enthusiast or anyone interested in aviation history in general.
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This book is amazing. It covers even the rarest soviet flyng concepts (such as the Ekranoplans). With tons of drawings and pictures, plus detailed data about the aircraft, Mr. Gunston has provided to us, aviation fans with a great book, showing us the golden era of the soviet aviation. All the prototypes and proposed designs are included.
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Tons of history on Russian aircraft. I am going to be reasonably educated on a subject which up to now has been quite obscure and dense. I am very happy with this book.
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