African MiGs. Volume 1: Angola to Ivory Coast

MiGs and Sukhois in Service in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tom Cooper, Fabian Hinz, Mark Lepko, Peter Weinert

Date Published :
November 2010
Publisher :
Harpia Publishing
Illustration :
with 10 b/w, 117 color pictures, 12 maps, and127 color drawings
No associated books available.


This second, expanded and fully revised edition of the groundbreaking book African MiGs examines the role and deployment history of MiG- and Sukhoi-designed fighters – as well as their Chinese derivatives – in no fewer than 23 air forces in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This first volume, covering 12 air arms from Angola to Ivory Coast, will be followed by a second volume in 2011. In order to ensure precise documentation of every airframe delivered to and operated by the various air forces, special attention is given to illustrations as well as extensive tables of known serial numbers and attrition.

The new volume is updated with much exclusive information, photographs and artworks. As such, it provides the most comprehensive and reliable source on the background of each of the features air forces, their organization and unit designations, deliveries of fighters built by MiG, Sukhoi, Chengdu and Shenyang, camouflage, markings and combat deployment.

About The Author

Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. Following a career in worldwide transportation business – during which he established a network of contacts in the Middle East and Africa – he moved into narrow-focus analysis and writing on small, little-known air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives. This has resulted in specialisation in such Middle Eastern air forces as of those of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, plus various African and Asian air forces. Except for authoring and co-authoring more than 30 books - including about a dozen of titles for Helion’s @War series - and over 1000 articles, Cooper is a regular correspondent for multiple defence-related publications.


"...superbly researched as best as can be and the authors are completely neutral in terms of the political situation revolving around their use. The narrative sticks to the facts (as well as they are known) and it does not hesitate to admit it when the facts are fuzzy or contradictory. It is this approach that makes the books so appealing...any aviation enthusiast will find interesting and entertaining. It is a great resource and book that I most highly recommend. I'm looking forward to volume 2 coming back into print."

- Modeling Madness

“Special books they are these 2 volumes about a large group of countries in the continent Africa and then especially in –what the writers call- the ‘Sub-Sahara’. 5 stars.”

- Aviation Book Reviews

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