Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249
Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53  9781804516249

Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 versus B-29 in the Korean War 1950–53

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Series Asia @ War 52

Publisher/Brand Helion & Company

Author Leonid Krylov, Yuriy Tepsurkaev

Format 297 x 210 mm

No. Pages 108

Version Soft cover

Language English

Category Books on aviation

Subcategory World Wars » War in Asia

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Product description

This Asia@War title was previously published as a standalone title in 2016.

In Last War of the Superfortresses the authors provide a detailed history of the confrontation between Soviet fighters and the United States Far East Air Force's B-29 'Superfortress' bombers during the Korean War of 1950–1953, drawing on Military documents in the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in Podolsk as well as published Western sources. The recollections of pilots who served in the 64th Fighter Air Corps, and who participated personally in the events described, are also widely used. Almost all the battles that took place between Soviet fighters and the 'Superfortresses' are analysed in detail and the authors have, on the basis of a comparison of Soviet archive documents and data from published Western sources, attempted to clarify the actual losses on both sides in these battles. 

Particular attention has been paid to key events in the history of the confrontation between the MiG-15 and B-29 such as the air battles of April and October 1951, which had a significant impact on the course of the Korean War and influenced the development of military aviation in both the USSR and the USA. Extensive losses in combat with the MiGs served as one of the most influential arguments for curtailing the piston engine B-36 and B-50 bomber programmes and boosting development of one of the most famous aircraft in the history of global aviation – the B-52 'Stratofortress'. 

The authors analyse the advantages and the disadvantages of the La-11 and the MiG-15bis – the principal fighters of the 64th Fighter Air Corps – from the point of view of their ability to intercept the B-29s. Attention has been paid to the tactics of the opposing sides, and to how these changed over the course of the war, along with the technical aspects of the confrontation between Soviet fighters and 'Superfortresses'. 

Last War of the Superfortresses is illustrated with photographs from the personal archives of veterans of the 64th Fighter Air Corps, the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, and the US National Archives. An extended colour profile section showing camouflage and markings of nearly 40 aircraft is also included.



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