Soviet and Russian Ekranoplans

Soviet and Russian Ekranoplans


By (author) Yefim Gordon, By (author) Sergey Komissarov


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  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 278mm x 26mm | 1,601g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1857803329
  • ISBN 13: 9781857803327
  • Illustrations note: c550 colour and mono photographs and illustrations
  • Sales rank: 185,896

Product description

Beginning with a brief outline of the basic concept of wing-in-ground effect (WIG) vehicles or Ekranoplans, this book reviews the development of this concept from theory to viable technical solutions, and also gives a historical survey of the development of WIG research and construction in Russia (the Soviet Union). A definitive guide for aviation enthusiasts.

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Author information

Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania, and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnical Institute in 1972 as an engineer and 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 eighty 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 fifty of his photographs.

Review quote

"Doctor's orders: pull out this excellent book at least once a week and marvel at what all is possible. And say "Ekranoplan" a few times in a row!"--Sabu Advani"" (02/02/2015)