560 pages

Mikoyan MiG-23 & MiG-27

By: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov

ISBN: 978-1-91080-931-0

Price: £44.95 Format: 290 x 223mm


Having recently revised and updated their tome on the MiG-29 Fulcrum, the authors have turned their attention to two of its predecessors, the variable-geometry MiG-23 and MiG-27 Flogger. It’s approached in the same comprehensive manner charting the types’ origins, development and operational history, notably how a pure interceptor was developed (via at least one hybrid variant) into a formidable ground-attack platform. The excellent narrative is supplemented throughout by more than 1,200 photos and colour profiles, while a series of line drawings help to document the changes between the Flogger derivatives. Fighters and fighter-bombers receive equal attention, with an initial description of the production and variant history (including updates) before an ‘in detail’ section, which provides information (and photos) of all aspects of the airframes, including weaponry. These will be a boon to aviation modellers, regardless of the kit being built, as they also offer guidance on the colours and markings worn in peacetime and combat by MiG-23s and MiG-27s worldwide – there are even shots of heavily weathered machines, highlighting how the airframe surfaces deteriorate with use. Crécy’s volume on the Flogger is arguably the best source of information on this classic Soviet design.