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  • [1] 'Ground Attack' by Christopher Chant. 'The Mechanics of War' series.

  • Almark Publishing Co Ltd London, 1976
    ISBN 0 85524 250 7
    Popular history of ground attack aviation during WWII. Covers German, Soviet and Western Allies experience. Illustrated with documentary photos, color aircraft drawings and tactical schemes.
  • [2] 'Igor Sikorsky - The Russian Years' by K.N.Finne.

  • Editors : Carl J. Bobrow, Von Hardesty;
    Translated and adapted by Von Hardesty;
    Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.
    ISBN 0 87474 274 9
    Book includes (brief) biography of Igor Sikorsky (Russian period), review of his early aviation achievements (see S and B.I.S series). A lot of materials is dedicated to creation of the world first multi-engine aircraft in the world - the 'Bolshoj Baltijsky'/'Russkij vityaz'/'Grand' and its successor - Ilya Mouromets, the world first heavy long-range bomber/reconnaissater. As a flight surgeon with the Squadron of Flying Ships in the Imperial Air Force, K.N.Finne eye-witnessed the dramatic history of grow of Russian Airforce, as well as its dramatic crash during the Revolutionary Year 1917. 
  • [3] 'Notes of an aircraft designer' by Alexandre Yakovlev - famous Soviet fighter designer.

  • Foreign languages publishing house. No publishing year on the book!!!!
    Despite many strange features (deserve to be collected on a separate Page - yet to come) and some very clear biases - interesting story of Yakovlev's grow from a mechanic in the aircraft workshop of 1925 to the head of Soviet Aviation Industry. 

  • [4] "Combat Aircraft Of World War II" by Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi

  • ISBN 0-517-56843-8
    Poster Book. Covers most of mass produced combat aircraft of the WWII. Well detailed historical and technical information, photographs and 3-view colored posters. 

  • [5] "Who was who in the Great Patriotic War", editor O.A.Rzheshevsky;

  • ISBN 5-250-02435
    In Russian. Brief reference includes about 1400 biographies (pretty short 60-100 words/person) of people who played substantial role in the 1945 Victory. Also included day-by-day chronology of the Great Patriotic War June 22,1941 - September 2, 1945. ~500 photographs. 
  • [6] "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", V.B.Shavrov;

  • ISBN 5-217-02528-X
    In Russian. Excellent source of information, covering ~800 mass built and experimental aircraft. Some circumstances are omitted (such as fact that some 'landmark' aircraft were built by imprisoned teams). 
  • [7] "Russia's To Guns" by Aerospace Publishing;

  • ISBN 0-8317-7583-1
    Over 40 aircraft, details of specifications, performance and weaponry, 3-view drawings. Some aircraft have extended text sections and detailed cutaway diagrams. 
  • [8] "The Guinness book of aircraft" by David Mondey and Michael J.H.Taylor;

  • ISBN 0-85112-355-4
    Large number of interesting facts from aviation history. Records, First-in-the-World aircraft. 
  • [9] Aviation engine Ash-82V, technical description. OBORONGIZ, 1963, 178 pp. 
  • [10] "OKB MiG a history of the design bureau and its aircraft" by Piotr Butowski and Jay Miller

  • ISBN 0-904597-80-6
    Well illustrated book, many little known facts.

    Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc;

  • [101] 'Il-2 Stormovik in action' by Hans-Herri Stapfer. Aircraft Number 155;

  • ISBN 0 89747 341 8
    Detailed history of the Il-2 from the very beginning (TsKB-55) to latest models of this unique aircraft (Il-10);
  • [102] 'Polikarpov Fighters in action, Part 1 and Part 2' by Hans-Herri Stapfer. Aircraft Number 157,162;

  • ISBN 0 89747 343 4
    ISBN 0 89747 355 8
    Covers N.N.Polikarpov's fighters from VIT-11 to latest versions of the I-16;
  • [103] 'LaGG fighters in action' Don Greer & Ernesto Cumpain. Aircraft Number 163;

  • ISBN 0 89747 364 7
    History of the early Lavochkins from I-22 to LaGG-3, covers most of the mass built modifications;
  • [104] 'Yak fighter in action' by Hans-Heiri Stapfer. Aircraft Number 78;

  • ISBN 0 89747 187 3
    History of the early Yakovlevs from I-26 pre-war prototype to jet-powered Yak-23; 

    Publications in the 'Krylia Rodiny' magazine, ISSN-0130-2701

  • [1001] 'ANT-1 the sport airplane.' by M.Saukke and K.Udalov; January 1992
  • [1002] 'Special Class' by A.Shishkov; December 1991
  • [1003] 'Il-2 - our proud or tragic error?' by V.Bakurskij; January 1992
  • [1004] 'Silent tradegy of the EPOS', an article about unique concept of aerocosmic aircraft, designed by G.E.Lozino-Lozinskij team; December 1990
  • [1005] Illustrations to series 'Aviation in WWII', March 1989'
  • [1006] 'Mount horses, guys!', a series article about aircraft engine construction in the USSR, August-December 1991
  • [1007] 'Speedy passenger aircraft KhAI-1' by V.Savin, January 1988, pp.22-25;
  • [1008] 'Exotics of the Light Wing' by Alexandre Koudinov; January 1992 
  • Publications in the 'Modelist-Konstructor' magazine, ISSN-0131-2243

  • [1101] 'Introduction into combat helicopters' by V.Kondratijev. March 1987;
  • [1102] 'Airplane-Giant K-7' by V.Savin (Kharkov); December 1989;
  • Winged Career Serviceman by V.Savin (Kharkov); March 1989; 
  • On-line Publications (some in Russian)

  • [1202] Vestnik Vozdushnogo Flota (Air Fleet Herald) Magazine available for WWW Serfers in KOI-8 Russian encodings;
  • [1203] Military Parade Magazine - there are some issues on-line now for free;
  • 'Samoliot' magazine

  • 'Samoliot' N04-5 1997, ISBN-0869-59-46
  • 'Samoliot' N02 1935
  • 'Samoliot' N01 1936
  • 'Samoliot' N09 1936
  • 'Samoliot' N06 1937
  • 'M-Hobby' magazine

  • [1401] M-Hobby 3/1997
  • 'Mir Aviatsii' (Aviation World) magazine

  • [1501]'Mir Aviatsii' 2/1993


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