Item description for Tupolev Tu-22M (Russian Aircraft in Action) by Yefim Gordon...
As the need arose to replace the Yakovlev Yak-28 Brewer making up the backbone of the Soviet Air Force's tactical bomber fleet since 1960, the Sukhoi Design Bureau began development of a twinjet tactical bomber known in-house as the T-6. The first prototype (called T6-1) flew in June 1967, featuring delta wings and four lift-jets buried in the fuselage to improve field performance. However, the weight penalty imposed by the lift-jets was deemed unacceptable and the aircraft was radically reworked to feature variable-geometry wings, becoming the Soviet counterpart to the General Dynamics FB-111. The resulting T6-2I entered flight testing in May 1970, subsequently entering production and service as the Su-24. The bomber underwent a progressive refinement and development process, spawning dedicated reconnaissance and ECM variants. To this day the Su-24 remains the principal Russian tactical bomber. Apart from deployment in East Germany and Poland in the Cold War days, the type has participated in such "hot" conflicts as the Afghan War and the First Chechen War. The album contains about 150 black/white and colour photos illustrating the type's development and service history, including operations in Russia, the Ukraine, Iran and Iraq.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.65" Width: 9.06" Height: 0.31" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Mar 6, 2005
Publisher Polygon Press
ISBN 1932525033 ISBN13 9781932525038
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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.
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Mostly pictures, limited text Jul 19, 2005
Yefim Gordon is the foremost author on Soviet/Russian aviation today. He writes about airplane projects that were almost completely unknown in the West as late as the 1980s, and his books are filled with amazing detail.
During the latter 1970s the Tu-22M "Backfire" bomber was a major source of controversy within the arms control community. The Soviets designed it as a medium-range bomber. But the fact that some versions were equipped for in-flight refueling meant that it could theoretically reach the United States and it was therefore possibly a strategic bomber. The United States insisted that the Backfire be counted as a strategic bomber in arms control treaties. Meanwhile, the naval version of this aircraft was a major threat to U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.
This book is primarily a picture book. It only has four pages of text providing an overview of the program. The rest are photographs, primarily in black and white with some in color. These are interesting photos showing the exteriors of many aircraft. This should be useful for model-builders.
But there are several problems with the book. First, the photo reproduction is not great. It is not bad or awful, but occasionally the contrast is not as good as it should be. For instance, the early models of the bomber had an unusual landing gear configuration with a forward "toe" on each main gear. But this is not really visible in the photographs and is usually lost in shadow. In addition, the paper is thin and some of the photos bleed through to the other side of the page. Second, many of the photos are not really distinguishable from each other. We don't get to see these planes in many action shots or with people fueling or servicing them. We primarily see the planes parked or occasionally in flight and this gets rather boring. Although we no longer have to face outright censorship, what we get to see of these planes is not very revealing. There are no shots of pilots in the cockpit or good shots of the planes in maintenance or operations. Finally, there are a lot of typos in the photo captions and these are very annoying. A simple copy editing would have caught these.
If you are interested in the Backfire and its history, this book provides a minimum of detail and leaves a lot of things out. For instance, nowhere does the text mention how many aircraft were actually built. But it has a lot of pictures.
I suggest getting Gordon's other Tu-22M Backfire book: "Tupelov Tu-22 `Blinder' Tu-22m `Backfire': Russia's Long Range Supersonic Bombers." It is available from Aerofax.