Suhkoi Su-24/24M

Sergey Moroz
Major-Avia, 2001
Softbound, 72 Pages

Reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl

When it comes to Soviet aircraft, references are generally hard to find and often slim in content. This has slowly been changing, and this title from Major-Avia is an excellent example. The Su-24 is a twin-engine, two-seat ground attack aircraft with swing-wings similar in mission and outline to the F-111. The first thing that jumped out at me was the number of quality photos in this book. There are a handful of color shots, but the majority of the photos are black and white, with a mix of general views and close-up details. The only thing missing is photos of some of the exported models (although examples from the Ukraine are shown in photos). I personally would have liked to seen some photos of the Iraqi (and later Iranian) Su-24s, as well as some of the former Soviet Union states such as Azerbaijan & Kazakhstan.

In addition to the photos, a very nice set of drawings are included, with side views of all the variants from the prototype on to the last mark shown and six-view drawings for two of the most common versions used. The text provides a fairly complete design history of the type as well as a timeline of the major events in the Su-24's life. There's also an overview of the operations of the Su-24, mainly in Afghanistan.

This is probably the best single reference on the Su-24 out there, which makes the circulation a bit of a problem. Limited to only 900 copies, you'll definitely want to grab this book as soon as you see it.

Available from Skyway Hobbies for $24.00

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