Soviet Strategic Bombers

The Hammer in the Hammer and the Sickle

Jason Moore

This history of Soviet Strategic bombers after the Second World War deals with the development not just of service aircraft, but of experimental aircraft and projects that were never built as well. It will cover the service life of bombers, both active and retired, will be covered, and their use outside the Soviet Union will also be described.
Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555972
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The history of Soviet strategic bombers after the Second World War is a fascinating one: 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 turboprop powered aircraft of today’s Russian Air Force. This comprehensive history of these aircraft will deal not just with the development of aircraft that entered service, but of experimental aircraft as well, and projects that were never even built will also be explored. The service life of these bombers will be covered, including both active and retired aircraft, and their use outside of the Soviet Union, in places such as the Middle East and Afghanistan, will be described in detail. The Soviet Union built some of the first jet-powered strategic bombers, and the Tu-95 Bear, the only swept-winged turboprop bomber to ever enter service, remains in service to this day. Less successful aircraft, like the graceful but problem-plagued supersonic Tu-22 Blinder, and the Mach 3 Sukhoi T-4 will also be examined.

About The Author

Jason Nicholas Moore is an avid air historian and modeler, with a particular interest in Soviet aeroplanes and has spent the last 40 years doing both historical research and constructing model aeroplanes. He has written a comprehensive history on the Il-2 Shturmovik and in addition he has written a comprehensive modeling guide to the Il-2 Shturmovik which has not been published. He has spent much of the last 30 years researching Soviet aircraft in general, and has read very extensively on the war on the Eastern Front.


"This is a good read. There is a lot of information within these pages. [...] I recommend this book to all with an interest in Soviet aircraft, strategic bombers and aviation history as well as modelers worldwide!"


"This book will likely be a standard reference work on Soviet strategic bombers and is highly recommended for anyone fascinated with Soviet-era military aviation."

- Air Power History

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