1981 to present
An insight into operating, flying and maintaining the Soviet Union’s deadly Cold War jet fighter. The Soviet MiG-29 was probably the finest Cold War military fighter jet on both sides during the 1980s and 90s. When Western military experts later analysed its flight characteristics they were astounded by the MiG’s performance and realised the jet was years ahead of its time –no Western fighter came close to the performance of the MiG-29 until 2013! Author David Baker offers readers a unique look under the skin of the MiG-29 and his interviews with MiG pilots and ground engineers give rare insights into this remarkable Cold War warrior. Twenty years ago this book would have caused a major diplomatic incident!
Author: David Baker worked for NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990, and was part of the team at Houston Mission Control throughout the Apollo 13 mission. He has written more than 80 books on aerospace technology including the Haynes NASA Mars Rovers Manual, International Space Station Manual, NASA Space Shuttle Manual, and Apollo 13 Manual. He lives in East Sussex.