In Cold War Skies: NATO and Soviet Air Power, 1949–89 (Hardcover)

In Cold War Skies: NATO and Soviet Air Power, 1949–89 By Michael Napier Cover Image

In Cold War Skies: NATO and Soviet Air Power, 1949–89 (Hardcover)


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From acclaimed aviation historian Michael Napier, this is a highly illustrated survey of the airpower deployed by NATO and Warsaw Pact countries throughout the Cold War.

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, international relations across the globe were dominated by the Cold War. From 1949 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, US and Soviet strategic forces were deployed across the Arctic Ocean in North America and Northern Russia, while the best-equipped armed forces that the world had ever seen faced each other directly across the “Iron Curtain” in Europe.

In Cold War Skies examines the air power of the major powers both at a strategic and at a tactical level throughout the 40 years of the Cold War. In this fascinating book, acclaimed historian Michael Napier looks at each decade of the war in turn, examining the deployment of strategic offensive and defensive forces in North America and Northern Russia as well as the situation in Europe. He details the strategic forces and land-based tactical aircraft used by the air forces of the USA, USSR, NATO, Warsaw Pact countries, and the European non-aligned nations. He also describes the aircraft types in the context of the units that operated them and the roles in which they were used. The text is supported by a wide range of first-hand accounts of operational flying during the Cold War, as well as numerous high-quality images.

Michael Napier qualified as an RAF strike/attack pilot in 1985 and was based in Germany during the Cold War. He flew operations over Iraq after the first Gulf War and left the RAF in 1997 for a second career as an airline pilot. He has written articles for various aviation magazines including Flypast and The Aviation Historian as well as numerous books for Osprey focusing on modern airpower. Michael lives near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472836885
ISBN-10: 147283688X
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English

“A fantastic looking book.” —Duncan Evans, The Armourer

“Packed with superb illustrations... [this] is a very interesting and well-written account of a crucial and sometimes highly dangerous period of recent history.” —Aviation News

In Cold War Skies a worthwhile purchase for anyone with an interest in the aerial side of the four-decade faceoff. And at just $40 this profusely illustrated coffeetable book is a real bargain.” —Aviation History