Friday, September 2, 2016

Book Review: Warbird Tech Series: Mikoyan MiG-29

Yefim Gordon and Peter Davison
Warbird Tech Series: Mikoyan MiG-29
Hinckley, UK: Midland Publishing, 2005
Category: Aviation History

Rating: 3-Stars

On the on hand, this is not a bad book, by any means.  It contains a lot of detailed information regarding the development versions and various features and customers for the MiG-29.  At 104 pages, with lots of black and white photographs, this is a fairly complete retelling of the MiG-29's history.

Just one year later, however, a more complete compilation of the MiG-29's development and operational history would be published by one of these same authors - Yefim Gordon - under this same publisher, capturing much of the same material and expanding upon it immeasurably.  At 512 pages, Yefim Gordon's Famous Russian Aircraft: Mikoyan MiG-29 would completely eclipse this earlier work.

So again, the Warbird Tech Series title on the MiG is not a bad book at all, and has much to recommend it.  Anyone who doesn't own a copy of Yefim Gordon's later compendium will likely be pleased with this look into this pivotal Cold War program.  But it also doesn't add to the story behind this aircraft, beyond everything that the later title covers.

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