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Famous Russian Aircraft: Tupolev Tu-22

Famous Russian Aircraft: Tupolev Tu-22

Hardback Famous Russian Aircraft

By (author) Yefim Gordon

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  • Publisher: MIDLAND PUBLISHING
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 284mm x 30mm | 2,018g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1857803566
  • ISBN 13: 9781857803563
  • Illustrations note: 700
  • Sales rank: 234,625

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The Tupolev Tu-22 Blinder and Tu-22M Backfire led the Soviet Union's supersonic bomber air force from the 1960s, although the two aircraft were very different. The Tu-22--nicknamed Blinder by NATO--was the pioneering supersonic bomber in the USSR, entering production in 1960. The first Tu-22B aircraft entered Soviet service in 1962 and the aircraft continued into production until 1969 through several variants, including reconnaissance and electronic warfare versions. The aircraft was a mixed success as its performance compared unfavorably the Tu-16. It was also sold abroad to Libya and Iraq. The Tu-22M Backfire was developed by Tupolev during the 1960s when the Tu-22's shortcomings became apparent. The variable-geometry wings in the new design improved performance considerably and the new aircraft entered service in 1972 in the strategic bomber role and it was used in this capacity in the 1979-1989 war against Afghanistan. Yefim Gordon's unparalleled access to information on Russian aviation makes this the most complete book published on this fascinating aircraft.

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Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania, and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnical Institute in 1972 as an engineer/electronics designer. He has been a resident of Moscow since 1973, when, as a hobby, he started collecting photographs and books on the history of Soviet aviation. This has now developed into a major archive. Since the 1980s he has been a professional aviation journalist and writer, with over 80 books published on Soviet/Russian aviation in Russian, English, Polish and Czech, as well as close to 120 magazine features and photo reports. He is also an accomplished photographer, with countless photos published in the western press; the current edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft features more than 50 of his photographs.