By means of the tip of the second one international struggle the us and nice Britain had constructed workable jet warring parties, no matter if those airplane got here a piece too overdue to have an important effect at the process the clash. Germany completed higher luck, utilizing the Me 262 and He 162 jet combatants operationally within the remaining levels of the battle. by contrast, the Soviet Union lagged at the back of, even if examine on turbojet engines had started within the USSR within the overdue Thirties. This deficiency was once well-known and on the finish of the conflict, captured German jet plane and engines enabled the USSR to reverse-engineer the know-how. in spite of this, the USSR struggled to trap up until eventually in 1946, the British exertions govt talented the Soviets the newest in propulsion know-how, the Rolls-Royce Nene and Derwent V engines. This inexplicable motion allowed a way more able iteration of Soviet jet combatants to be born and by means of the top of the Forties Soviet had stuck up with, and in a few respects handed the West, in jet aviation.
Because of the Stalinist period within which the 1st Soviet jets have been built, up before little has been identified concerning the early post-war designs from the layout bureaus of Mikoyan, Yakovlev, Lavochkin, Sukhoi and Alekseyev and the historical past to even rather famous varieties akin to the MiG-9, La-9 and YAK-15 is only documented. different early jet varieties, proposals and tasks have been almost unknown within the West. This hole is now redressed by way of the recognized Soviet aviation historian Yefim Gordon and in his newest paintings he attracts on broad learn in layout bureau documents, reputable files and armed forces information, lots of that have simply very lately develop into to be had, having been labelled 'Top mystery' for many years.
This quantity offers, in substantial aspect, the advance, background and technical requirements of the earliest Soviet jet combatants and the broad illustrations-around 750 photographs, over 50 specially-commissioned colour drawings and a bunch of line drawings--are quite often from formerly categorized resources the vast majority of that are formerly unseen. This ebook is bound to be crucial interpreting for aviation historians, lovers and modelers.