The author has done some fine research into these interesting 'X-craft' and their prototypes...
... This is a fascinating collection of information, and the author must have spent years assembling the data as so much original material was destroyed or taken away by the victorious allies and as he mentions, hidden away on various archives so that it is now pretty much impossible to unearth. For reference on the many and varied aircraft types designed under the banner of the Third Reich, this is just packed with interesting information for the aircraft historian, modeller and enthusiast.
Military Modelling - Robin Buckland
Number 6 in the Flightcraft series of soft cover books from Pen and Sword, and another interesting subject from author Yefim Gordon. Based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport, the Ilyushin design bureau worked with Beriyev who created the airborne radar system to couple with the Ilyushin airframe and thus create the Ilyushin/Beriyev A-50, with a NATO reporting name of 'Mainstay', an AWACS system equivalent to the Boeing 707 based E-3 Sentry used by NATO from the same period. The benefit of the larger airframe allowed the Russian made equipment to be fitted in easily, as the Russian equipment at that time tended to be physically larger than the NATO equivalent. So the book follows the usual format of this Flightcraft book series and after the basic introduction goes into the development story in detail, in 'Enter the Bumblebee, covering those built for use by the Russian military. The next section moves on to export customers and variants, which include India, China and even a couple to Iraq.. Read more
The fifth title in this Flightcraft series from Pen and Sword takes on the subject of another Soviet Cold War jet, the Sukhoi Su-15. This was a design of the early 1960's, built to update the Soviet fleet of interceptors and make them more capable to meet the newest threats from NATO equipment. Using a new and large radar meant doing away with the nose intake for the jets, so often associated with Soviet jet aircraft. It also was to have two engines, partly a solution to crashes due to engine failure in the earlier, single engined Su-11. The prototype first flew towards the end of 1962 with the designation of T-58. Improvements and modifications were made to the next two prototypes as they continued test flying through 1963, with production aircraft finally going into service in 1967. The first section of the book gives the full story of this development history,'The SU-15 is Born'. Section 2 then looks at the 'Experimental Versions and Testbeds' and this includes details and pictures.. Read more