Item description for Sukhoi SU-24 (Russian Aircraft in Action) by Yefim Gordon...
In 1964 the Tupolev Design Bureau began development of a twin-engined medium bomber intended as a replacement for the Tu-22 supersonic bomber which had entered service in the early 1960s. For political reasons Andrey Nikolayevich Tupolev presented the project as the Tu-22M; this was a trick intended to fool the Soviet government into thinking a considerable increase in capabilities could be obtained by a simple modification of the existing Tu-22 ("Blinder"). This, according to Tupolev, was easier and cheaper than the "clean sheet of paper" designs proposed by the rival Sukhoi and Myasischev bureaux. Known in-house as "aircraft 145", initially the projected bomber indeed looked as a rehash of the production Tu-22 with new variable-geometry wings. Soon, however, it became obvious this approach was no good and the aircraft which eventually entered flight testing on 30th August 1969 as the Tu-22M0 had virtually nothing in common with the Blinder. Suffice it to say that the engines were now buried in the fuselage, not mounted at the base of the fin. Achieving initial operational capability in 1972, the bomber was initially misidentified by the West as the Tu-26 and code-named Backfire. The initial Tu-22M2 production version evolved into the improved Tu-22M3 and the Tu-22MR reconnaissance version. In addition to conventional bombing, the aircraft was suitable for naval missile strike missions. From 1987 onwards the type saw action during the closing stage of the Afghan War, dropping heavy bombs which, in the words of the crews, "flattened the mountains completely". After the demise of the Soviet Union the type was operated by two of the new CIS republics, Russia and the Ukraine. The album contains about 150 black/white and colour photos illustrating the type's development and service history.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.81" Width: 9.06" Height: 0.39" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 6, 2005
Publisher Polygon Press
ISBN 1932525017 ISBN13 9781932525014
Availability 0 units.
More About Yefim Gordon
Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union) and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years and has collected one of the world's largest photograph and document archives on the subject. A professional aviation journalist and photographer since 1989, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Soviet, Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has also authored and co-authored more than 100 books on Soviet and Russian aviation which are published in seven countries. Currently Yefim is one of the owners of the Moscow-based aviation publishing house Polygon Press Ltd.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sukhoi SU-24 (Russian Aircraft in Action)?
Mostly a picture book Feb 3, 2006
I had wanted a book along the lines of the Aerofax series with engineering and history, and this wasn't quite it. There are only 4 pages filled with information. The rest is just captioned pictures. They're good photos though, so I rate this 4 stars, but it wasn't my cup of tea.