In the light of new archival material the editors take a fresh look at Russian aviation in the twentieth century. Presenting a comprehensive view of Russian aviation, from its genesis in the late czarist period to the present era, the approach is essentially chronological with a major emphasis on the evolution of military aviation. The contributions are diverse, with appropriate attention to civilian and institutional themes.

chapter |17 pages


chapter 1|19 pages

Early Flight in Russia

chapter 5|18 pages

Russian and Soviet Naval Aviation, 1908-96

chapter 6|52 pages

The Aviation Industry, 1917-97

chapter 8|17 pages

The Defense of Russian Aerospace