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The Sukhoi Su-27: Russia\'s Air Superiority and Multi-role Fighter, 1977 to the Present

The Sukhoi Su-27: Russia\’s Air Superiority and Multi-role Fighter, 1977 to the Present

Andy Gröning

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This detailed, illustrated look at the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft features complete discussions of its design, construction, and operational use, as well as all technical systems and weapons. Developed in the 1970s as a match for the American F-15 “Eagle,” the aircraft remains one of the most important fighters in the current Russian arsenal, and has formed the basis for many variants including the Su-30, Su-34, and Su-35. Though larger than Russia’s famed MiG-29, it is extremely maneuverable and considerably more powerful. The Su-27 can also fly at extremely high angles of attack—an ability it is fond of demonstrating at airshows, along with its legendary “Cobra” maneuver. The Su-27 remains in production, and nearly a dozen countries—including China, India, and Vietnam—currently operate this high-performance aircraft. The book is superbly illustrated with more than 210 color images, and includes more than thirty color aircraft profiles displaying color schemes.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 210 color photos and profiles | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356377 | Binding: hard cover

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Andy Gröning is a trained tool mechanic and worked for twelve years as a professional soldier in the Bundeswehr, including six years as an engine mechanic on the MiG-29; he was present when the aircraft was retired. His primary interest is Soviet–Russian military aviation.