Guardians of Ukraine: The Ukrainian Air Force Since 1992 Book Review
|Date of Review||July 2021||Title||Guardians of Ukraine: The Ukrainian Air Force Since 1992|
|Author||Babak Taghvaee||Publisher||Hikoki Publications|
|Format||352 pages, hardcover||MSRP (USD)||$55.95|
Fresh from today’s front-page flash-points comes a cool, colorful compendium from Hikoki Publications.
Guardians of Ukraine – available in North America from Specialty Press – spans six chapters across 352 lavishly illustrated pages, chronologically organized by mission and aircraft type.
- Eyes and Ears
- Fighter Force
- Military Transport Aviation
- Long Range Aviation
- Pilot Trainers
- Radio and Radar Jammers
Respected author Babak Taghvaee – best known for superb studies of military aviation in his native Iran – lends his considerable talent to illuminating the Soviet-era aerial assets, and post-independence vicissitudes of what was once Europe’s second-largest air arm.
Subtitled “The Ukrainian Air Force Since 1992”, Hikoki’s handsome hardback sports hundreds of illustrations – color shots, color profiles, and close-ups.
MiG-29s. Su-27s. Tu22Ms. Mi-8s. Even Su-15s and MiG-21s. And more. Much more.
How about that stunning L-39C camouflage scheme at the bottom of page 325? Or that intricate mottled green over gray Su-25M1 pattern? Or those wild Su-24MR sharkmouths of 511th ORAP?
Start planning those projects!
Nor must you sequentially traverse this terrific tome.
After introductory remarks, I visited fighter commentary, segued to long-range aviation notes, lingered at reconnaissance assets, then sauntered through the rest.
Aircraft service details – and notes on exports of refurbished ex-Soviet and Ukrainian equipment – proved especially illuminating.
Captions, tables, and abbreviations glossary augment the eye-opening effort. And a selected bibliography and index neatly wrap things up.
Taghvaee’s ripping read reflects years of serious study and sleuthing. I savored its motherlode of revelations. And you will, too.
I just wish he includes some color plates of unit badges! And why no annotations?
My sincere thanks to Specialty Press for this review sample!