Academic journal article Air Power History

Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years

Academic journal article Air Power History

Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years

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Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years. By Marat Khairulin and Boris Stepanov. Moscow, Russia: MMP Books, 2015. Diagrams. Illustrations. Photographs. Notes. Pp.200. $75.00 ISBN: 8-36367848-1

This book is the first in a series of four that will cover Russian Aviation from 1909 until 1922. The content of this volume deals with the period from 1909-1917. Marat Khairulin and Boris Stepanov, the authors of the original Russian language book from which this translated volume is derived, should be applauded for their collective efforts--not just for the quality of their original research but also for the extraordinary efforts in providing the particulars in what is a clear, concise, and logical manner.

The foundation of the work is from archival documents and original photographic images. From these sources, the authors were able to depict the various markings, signets, and emblems that appeared on aircraft and dirigibles during the Czarist period in Russia. This distinctive work contains an abundance of color drawings along with a vast collection of photographs, many previously unpublished.

Most importantly, the book provides a solid foundation for and insight into the development of aviation in Russia. …

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