References and Credits


  • [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 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 Top 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.
  • [11] "Russian aircraft since 1940" by Jean Alexander
    ISBN 0-370-10025-5
    Shavrov-style collection of Soviet aircraft since 1940, with many technical details and b/w photos, as well as with excusable imperfections in military and experimental aircraft description.
  • [12] "Illustrated Encyclopedia of the TANTK G.M.Beriev aircraft" by Panatov G.S. and Udalov K.G.
    Vol.1 ISBN 5-86309-000-4, Aviko Press, 1998
    Includes detailed creation history and description of 16 different aircraft (and numerous modification) designed in period 1930 to 1945, including official documents. Large number of photographs, 3-drawings, color schemes.
  • [13] "Sowieckie lotnictwo MORSKIE 1941-1945" by Robert Bock
    Vol.9 of Kampanie Lotnicze Series
    ISBN 83-8620844-9, AJ-Press
    Naval aviation of USSR in the Great Patriotic War, in Polish. Great number of combat facts, rare photos, some statistics.
  • [14] "Russian Civil and Military aircraft 1884~1969" by Heinz J.Nowarra and G.R.Duval, A.F.M
    ISBN 0-852-42460-4, Fountain Press, London, 1971
    Interesting reading, many facts, captions in both English and Russian. Some errors in designations.
  • [15] "Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War", Yefim Gordon and Dmitri Khazanov
    Midland Publishing Limited
    24 The Hollow, Earl Shilton
    Leicester, LE9 7NA, England, 1998
  • [16] "Grani derznovennogo tvorchestva", A.N.Tupolev
    ISBN 5-02-006635-4 Moscow, Nauka, 1988
  • [17] "Yak fighters of the Great Patriotic War period", A.T.Stepanets
    ISBN 5-217-01192-0 Moscow, Mashinostroenie, 1992
    Available here in Russian!
  • [18] "Russian Aviation and Air Power in the Twentieth Century",
    'Cass Series: Studies in Air Power', edited by Robin Higham, John T.Greenwood and Von Hardesty;
    ISBN 1368-5597, Frank Cass, London * Portland, OR
  • [19] "World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers",
    by Bill Gunston, ISBN 1-85260-205-8
    Publisher: Patrick Stevens Ltd., England, 1993
  • [20]'Po-2 aircraft and its modifications'
    by V.M.Lipatov.
    Moscow, Aeroflot, 1953.
  • [21]'Samoliot U-2' (U-2 aircraft)
    by N.M.Lebedev
    Moscow, 'Voenizdat' 1936.
  • [22]'First jet fighters of Sukhoj'
    Gonchar, Polygon
  • [23] "Aircraft of the S.V.Ilyushin OKB", edited by G.V.Novozhilov
    ISBN ? Moscow, Mashinostroenie, 1985
  • [24] "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft Armament" by Bill Gunston,
    1987, Salamander Books Ltd., London
    ISBN 3-7276-7078-9 (German edition)
  • [25] "Flugzeugbewaffnung" ("Aircraft Armament") by Hanfried Schliephake,
    1977, Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart
    ISBN 3-87943-486-7
  • [26] "Leichte Infanteriewaffen" ("Light Infantery Weapons") by Nikolaus Krivinyi,
    1974, J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, Munich
    ISBN 3-469-00525-7
  • [27] "Most cherez vremja" ("Bridge across the time") by Igor Choutko,
    1989, Politizdat, Moscow
    ISBN 5-250-00805-4
  • [28] "OKB Sukhoj - A History of the Design Bureau and Its Aircraft" by Vladimir Antonov, Yefim Gordon, Mikolai Gordyukov, Vladim Yakovlev, Vyachaslav Zenkin
    1996, Midland Publishing Limited
    ISBN 1-857-80012-5
  • [29] "A.N.Tupolev - the man and his aircraf" Paul Duffy and Andrei Kandalov
    1996 SAE International
    ISBN 1-56091-899-3
  • [30] "The complete Book of Fighters" W. Green and G. Swanborough

  • [31] "Sowjetische Bombenflugzeuge" W. Kopenhagen

  • [32] "Sowjetische Jagdflugzeuge" W. Kopenhagen

  • [33] "Die deutschen Flugzeuge in russischen und sowjetischen Diensten"
    ("The German aircraft in Russian and Soviet service") 1914-1951, by A. Alexandrov and G. Petrov
    Flugzeug Publikations GmbH
    ISBN 3-927-132-43-8, 1997
  • [34] "Douglas Propliners DC-1 - DC-7"
    by Arthur Pearcy, published by Airlife Publishing Ltd., Shewsbury, England
  • [35] "Aeroflot: An airline and its aircraft"
    by R.E.G.Davies, published by Paladwr Press, Rockville, MD, USA
  • [36] "Soviet Aircraft and Aviation 1917-1941"
    Author: Lennart Andersson
    Publishers: Putnam Aeronautical Books, London (for USA Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland)
    Year: 1994
    ISBN 1-55750-770-8
  • [37] "Aircraft by V.M.Myasischev"
    Authors: N.V.Yakubovich, V.N.Lavrov
    Year: 1999
  • [38] "Bombers"
    Authors: V.Ilyin, M.Levin
    Year: 1997
  • [39] "Vojenska letadla"
    Authors: Vaclav Nemecek
    Published: Praha
    Year: 1982
  • [40] "The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft"
    Authors: Donald, David
    Published: NY: Barnes & Noble
    Year: 1997
  • [41] "The Encyclopedia of Modern Warplanes"
    Authors: Gunston, Bill
    Published: NY Barnes & Noble
    Year: 1995
  • [42] "Modern Fighting Helicopters"
    Authors: Gunston, Bill and Spick, Mike.
    Published: London: Salamander Books
    Year: 1998
  • [43] "Jane's Combat Aircraft"
    Authors: Munro, Bob and Chant, Christopher.
    Published: Glasgow: Harper Collins Publishers
    Year: 1995
  • [44] "Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide, 2nd ed."
    Authors: Rendall, David
    Published: London: Harper Collins Publishers
    Year: 1999
  • [45] "Sky remembers"
    Author: Vladimir Kazakov
    Published: Moscow, Molodaya Gvardia
    Year: 1988
    ISBN 5-235-00038-2
    HTML version

    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 VT-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;
  • [105] 'La-5/7 fighter in action' by Hans-Heiri Stapfer. Aircraft Number 169;
    ISBN 0 89747 392 2

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

  • [1001] 'Speedy passenger aircraft KhAI-1' by V.Savin, January 1988, pp.22-25;
  • [1002] 'Yak-200, yak-210' V.Petrov; February 1988, p.23
  • [1003] Illustrations to series 'Aviation in WWII', March 1989
  • [1004] 'Watching silver-painted plane...', interview with M.E.Sakharov 'Krylia Rodiny' N°3,1989,p.28
  • [1004] 'Silent tradegy of the EPOS', an article about unique concept of aero-cosmic aircraft, designed by G.E.Lozino-Lozinskij team; December 1990
  • [1005] 'Mount horses, guys!', a series article about aircraft engine construction in the USSR, August-December 1991
  • [1006] 'Special Class' by A.Shishkov; December 1991
  • [1007] 'Face of Conversion - MAI-89' by Kazimir Zhidovetski; December 1991
  • [1008] 'ANT-1 the sport airplane.' by M.Saukke and K.Udalov; January 1992
  • [1009] 'Il-2 - our pride or tragic error?' by V.Bakurskij; January 1992
  • [1010] '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;
  • [1103] Winged Career Serviceman by V.Savin (Kharkov); March 1989;
  • [1104] Cannons airborne!, January 1983; Text may be found at Collection of articles by Yakov I. Filatoff;
  • [1105] Aircraft 'SAM' by by L.Polukratov, November 1979;
  • [1106] Flying boats of I.V.Chetverikov' by L.Egenburg; (text and illustration are available at Base-13)
  • [1107] 'Hydroplane for Submarine' by V.Kondratiev (text and illustration are available at Base-13)
  • [1108] 'Fighter for the Aces' by V.Kondratiev, May 1982

    On-line Publications (some in Russian)

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

    'Samoliot' magazine

  • 'Samoliot' N°4-5 1997, ISBN-0869-59-46
  • 'Samoliot' N°2 1934
  • 'Samoliot' N°2 1935
  • 'Samoliot' N°1 1936
  • 'Samoliot' N°9 1936
  • 'Samoliot' N°6 1937

    'M-Hobby' magazine

  • [1401] M-Hobby 3/1997

    'Skyways' magazine

  • "Kalinin and his planes" by Andrew Alexandrov, N°24, Oct'92

    'Aero' magazine

  • Cheranovskij BICh-16 and BICh-18 N°51