In the early/mid-1950s, a new military doctrine evolved in the Soviet Union requiring increased troop mobility. In response, plans were made for modernizing and expanding the Soviet Air Force's military airlift arm to meet the demands of contemporary warfare. The design bureau led by Oleg K. Antonov took on the task, developing first the twin-engined An-8 in 1955 and then the four-turboprop An-12 - the Soviet counterpart to the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
First flown on December 16, 1957, the An-12 was a derivative of the An-10 medium-haul airliner and had a better fate than its predecessor, almost becoming as successful as the Hercules. The An-12 was built in large numbers and with numerous specialized versions to fill a multitude of roles. This rugged airlifter has proved its worth both in combat and in commercial operations throughout the world. The An-12 is still used by the Russian Air Force and numerous airlines both in and outside the former Soviet bloc to this day. Though long out of production in its home country, the An-12 lives on in China as the Shaanxi Y8. This book covers each known version and gives a detailed account of the An-12's entire service career.
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Yefim Gordon is one of Russia s leading aviation writers and publishers. He is the author of numerous books on Soviet aviation.
Dmitriy Komissarov is rapidly establishing himself as a respected authority on Russian and Soviet aviation. He works in the publishing industry and lives in Moscow.
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Descripción Midland Publishing, Hinckley, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, 2007. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: New. No Jacket. First Edition. 128 pages colour profiles line drawings prof ill b/w photos - Whilst the Lavochkin bureau is one of the less well known of the Soviet aircraft design teams, it was at the forefront of the Soviet supersonic jet fighter programme from the late 1940s onwards and produced a number of very interesting aircraft. The first of Lavochkin’s jet fighters was the La-15. This was a fantail, single-seat swept-wing jet interceptor fighter, which was a less successful contemporary of the MiG-15, despite being more technically advanced. It was a development of the La-172, and was initially known as the La-174D. About 500 were built, less than originally planned because of production problems. They were in use until 1954. Further development occurred leading to the last aircraft in the sequence to be designed, the La-250 Anakonda, which appeared in 1956/57. This was a deltawinged long-range all-weather interceptor. This was a very large aircraft even though it lost out in competition to the even bigger Tu-28. The La-250 was designed to fly long-range missions at high altitude, armed with two large missiles. Four of the aircraft were built. It was nicknamed ‘Anakonda’ on account of its long narrow fuselage. After the first aircraft crashed, as a result of poor visibility from the cockpit causing early ground touch during landing, the noses of the three remaining planes were lowered by 6 degrees. The book deals with all known variants of the various Lavochkin’s jet aircraft designs featured. As always, the book has been researched in Soviet archives and is well illustrated with numerous photos and line drawings. This welcome addition to a very successful and ground-breaking series will also be sought by all those interested in Soviet jet aircraft design in the early Cold War era and by aviation modellers keen for source material on Soviet aircraft types of the period. Nº de ref. de la librería 332243