Sunday, January 3, 2016

Book Review: Mirage III vs. MiG-21

Shlomo Aloni
Mirage III vs. MiG-21: Six Day War 1967
Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2010
Category: Israel Air Force - History

Rating: 4-Stars

Mirage III vs. MiG-21 is another well-executed addition in a long line of collaborative books between author Shlomo Aloni and the Osprey Publishing house.  The book traces the introduction of both the Mirage III and the MiG-21 into operational service, including a description of each aircraft and its armament, as well as the growing pains as each aircraft was introduced into their respective armed forces.  The book is supplemented by excellent photography, pilot interviews, color illustrations, and a tabulation of the individual air-to-air engagements - including the dates, aircraft, and pilots involved.  I particularly appreciated the color illustrations for each cockpit, outlining the controls and instrumentation arrangement, as well as the maps illustrating air base locations and flight routes.

The book includes first-hand accounts from both Israeli and Egyptian pilots, as well as Israeli assessments from flight test of a captured MiG-21.  All told, another outstanding addition to Shlomo Aloni's long line of exceptional books.

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