by: David L. Veres
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Authors: Tom Cooper and Peter Weinert, with Fabian Hinz and Mark Lepko
Softcover, 256 pages, 28 x 21 cm
Harpia Publishing completes its brilliant study of Soviet warplanes in African militaries with the breathtaking African MiGs (Volume 2) - Madagascar to Zimbabwe - MiGs and Sukhois in Service in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Coverage starts where Volume 1 stops – literally. “Addenda/Errata” provide amendments and corrections to the first installment. And new chapters resume the authors’ numerical sequence.
Over 150 rare B&W and color photos, Air Orders of Battle, and eleven maps supplement the superbly researched text. Modelers and markings enthusiasts will particularly prize dozens of outstanding color profiles by coauthor Cooper. Spectacular!
With MiGs and Sukhois, coverage also showcases Chinese designs and, surprisingly, “Antonov Bombers” – Sudanese An-12s and An-24s as makeshift warplanes. I just wish authors included East Bloc trainers in light attack and COIN roles – especially L-29 Delfins in Uganda’s colorful camouflage.
Two trivial nitpicks. I believe Ugandan MiG-17Fs wore Czech warpaint – not Israeli. And 1970s Ugandan MiG-21s sported yellow codes – not red ones.
Neither point diminishes this terrific tome. If you love “Third World” MiG’s, get African MiGs – both volumes! Nothing approaches the value, scope or authority of this awesome effort.
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Highs: Superbly researched and copiously illustrated.
Lows: Somewhat pricey.
Verdict: This splendidly written, profusely illustrated sequel brilliantly chronicles MiG, Sukhoi, and Chinese fighters in African service. It’s worth every penny!
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