- Series: Schiffer Military History Book
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (December 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764316699
- ISBN-13: 978-0764316692
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Iran-Iraq War in the Air 1980-1988 (Schiffer Military History Book) 1st Edition
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This volume about the Iran-Iraq air war is a first step to filling the gaps of knowledge about how aerial operations were conducted during that war. The key take away for me is that both countries worked to improvise, innovate and overcome difficulties in prosecuting the air war. More important, the Iranian Air Force was more effective than the conventional wisdom of that time had estimated. That they were able to operate (and continue to operate) their US made F-14s despite the lack of parts and technical support is simply amazing. Today's military planners and analysts should note Iran's ability to adapt when they consider possible combat with them. Both US and Israeli Air Force officers tend to discount the effectiveness of the Iranian Air Force. However, unlike the Iraqis, the Iranian Air Force was US trained and that training gave them an edge over their Iraqi enemies. They may prove to be a difficult adversary to deal with in the future.
My main criticisms that I have of this book is that despite the map of Northern Iraq being used on the book's dust jacket, there are only two maps to support the book's text. In addition, there are virtually no tables or detailed appendixes. The authors admit that because there is no complete documentation of losses and air-to-air kills during the war, they did not attempt to document this. There is a chapter that lists the types of aircraft both sides used with a partial list of aircraft serial or BuNo numbers and a discussion of markings. There is also a glossary, but no index. However, the book's strong point is the trove of wartime photos of both air forces at war. There is also a detailed account of the tanker war and the Free World's attempt to deal with the threatened cut off of oil shipments from the region.
Despite these shortcomings, I strongly recommend this book. Historians of Middle East wars as well as aviation enthusiasts will find this book very useful. This is a first good attempt to document this air war and hopefully, as more information becomes available, a more full account may someday be published. As the authors state in this book, this is a war that doesn't deserve to be forgotten.
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