Soviet Strategic Bombers: The Hammer in the Hammer and the Sickle

Author(s): Jason Nicholas Moore 

ISBN: 9781781555972
£24.50 £35.00
A comprehensive history of Soviet strategic bombers after the Second World War.
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  • A comprehensive reference work on all Soviet strategic bombers after the Second World War, including experimental aircraft and projects
  • Accurate colour profiles seen for the first time
  • The Soviet strategic bombers’ influence on the Cold War and the consequent arms race is explored in exhaustive detail
  • Researched and written by the world’s leading authoritarian figure on Soviet military aviation

From the reverse-engineering of interned American Boeing B-29 bombers into the first Soviet strategic bomber, the Tu-4, to the huge jet and turbo-prop-powered aircraft of today’s Russian Air Force, the history of Soviet strategic bombers after the Second World War is a fascinating one.

This comprehensive history of these aircraft will deal not just with the development of aircraft that entered service, but of experimental aircraft as well. Projects that were never even built will also be explored.

The service life of these bombers, including both active and retired aircraft, is covered and their use outside of the Soviet Union is also described in detail.

Not only did the Soviet Union build some of the first jet-powered strategic bombers, but to this day, the Tu-95 Bear remains the only swept-winged turbo-prop bomber to ever enter service, and remains in service.

Less successful aircraft, like the graceful, but problem-plagued supersonic Tu-22 Blinder, and the Mach 3 Sukhoi T-4 will also be examined.

The combat use of these aircraft, in such places as the Middle East and Afghanistan, will also be explored.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555972
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 192 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 153 black-and-white and 235 colour photographs



Jason Nicholas Moore is an avid air historian and modeller and has spent forty years conducting historical research and constructing model aeroplanes. Moore is currently finishing a comprehensive guide on modelling the Il-2 Shturmovik and during the course of this project, he has amassed a vast quantity of reference material on the IL-2, including relics of this aeroplane.