Item description for Tupolev Tu-95/142 (Aerofax) by Yefim Gordon...
The beginning of the Cold War and the perceived need by the Soviet political and military leaders to deliver nuclear strikes against the continental USA led the Soviet Union to develop new delivery vehicles primarily strategic bombers. Thus in 1951 the Tupolev Design Bureau brought out the Tu-95. Known to the West as the Bear, this machine was unique in combining turboprop engines with swept wings - a feature which accounted for the bomber's impressive top speed of 910 km/h. The basic bomber soon became a symbol of the Soviet Threat and the progenitor of a whole family of combat aircraft which included missile carriers, an over-the-horizon targeting version working with missile submarines, reconnaissance versions, a long-range ocean anti-submarine warfare aircraft which was sufficiently different to receive a separate designation (Tu-142), a communications relay version and assorted testbeds. The Tu-95 also served as the basis for the impressive Tu-114 long-haul airliner. Some of the Bear's versions remain in service to this day The album contains about 150 black/white and colour photos illustrating the type's development and service from inception to the present day.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.65" Width: 8.98" Height: 0.39" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Mar 6, 2005
Publisher Specialty Press
ISBN 1932525009 ISBN13 9781932525007
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 Tupolev Tu-95/142 (Aerofax)?
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 (lots of color, granted). The big shortfall is that there are no interior photos at all. I'm having to return it as it isn't quite what I wanted.
Short, but Rich Look at the Bear Bomber by the Master of Soviet Aviation Jun 24, 2005
Yefim Gordon has once again delivered to the aviation enthusiast a book well worth the $12 cost. Though only 72 pages long, the book provides detail of the design, development, and manufacture of the Tupolev Tu-95/142 BEAR. This beautiful airplane, long a fixture of the sky off the NATO coasts, has a rich history that is done justice by Gordon.
Including a wealth of photographs from Gordon's personal collection, Soviet archives, and from Tupolev OKB, no angle, modification, or electronics package is left unturned. Gordon produces exactly what you want in an aircraft study, although more full color pictures would be an added bonus. Well worth the purchase.