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Cuban MiGs (Paperback)

The Defenders of Castro's Air Force

Aviation > Modern Aviation Aviation > Post-WWII Aviation

By Paulo Roberto Bastos Junior, Helio Higuchi
Imprint: Harpia Publishing
Pages: 144
Illustrations: colour maps, colour and black-and-white photos and tables
ISBN: 9781950394098
Published: 28th September 2022



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The Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria (FAR), one of the most powerful and little-publicised air forces in the Americas, had Mikoyan-Gurevich (MiG) fighters as its main fighter aircraft, both in the defence of Cuban territory against the threat of US invasion and in support of Cuban leader’s efforts to export their revolutionary ideals.


The book casts an unprecedented look at the introduction and utilisation of all MiG models in Cuban service, since their arrival before the Cuban Missile Crisis, to current times, going through all of the conflicts in which Cuba was involved, from incidents with the Dominican Republic (‘Operación Pico’) and the Bahamas, to its entanglements in wars in Vietnam, Syria, Guinea, Southern Yemen, Angola, Ethiopia and Nicaragua and the recent apprehension of ‘export goods’ to North Korea in the Panama Canal.


The story of military aviation in Cuba before the arrival of the MiGs is also briefly presented, from the beginning of their air corps and its role in the political crises that affected the country, in Castro's Revolution and the ill-fated attempted invasion at the Bay of Pigs, contextualising the times when they happened.


This is the result of extensive research using Cuban publications, documents, interviews with former pilots, historians and contributions by veteran Cuban airmen both in exile and residing in their homeland. The book is richly illustrated with over 170 photographs and colour profiles detailing the history of all twenty models of MiG fighters operated by Cuba from 1962 to the present.

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About Paulo Roberto Bastos Junior

PAULO ROBERTO BASTOS JR was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969 and now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. An automation engineer, he is a researcher of history and military technology, particularly mechanised forces in Latin America and the Caribbean, and an editor of the Brazilian periodical Tecnologia e Defesa.

About Helio Higuchi

HÉLIO HIGUCHI hails from São Paulo, Brazil, where he was born in 1953. A hotel manager, he has degrees in Architecture and Urban Design and Marketing. A researcher of Latin American military subjects, he is a regular contributor to Brazilian periodicals Asas, Flap and Tecnologia e Defesa. He is the author of A Serviço do Generalíssimo – Os Pilotos Brasileiros na República Dominicana (In the Service of the Generalissimo – Brazilian Pilots in the Dominican Republic, 2014).

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