Cover image for Arab MiG-19 and MiG-21 units in combat
Arab MiG-19 and MiG-21 units in combat
Nicolle, David, 1944-
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Osprey, [2004]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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The MiG-21 provided the backbone of frontline Arab air combat strength for many years and remained the Arabs' only real hope of challenging Israeli air supremacy. This book provides a detailed history of the MiG-21 in Egyptian, Syrian and Iraqi service. It includes numerous photographs, most of which have not been seen outside the Arab world and a large proportion of which have never previously been published anywhere. The material is drawn from official sources and from the private collections and recollections of men who flew, or met, these aircraft in combat.

Author Notes

David Nicolle worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before gaining an MA from SOAS and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on Islamic warfare. Tom Cooper is an aviation researcher based in Austria. He has excellent contacts in the Arab world, and is presently working on a series of titles for Osprey on military aircraft in Iranian service during the Iran-Iraq War.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 The Arabs go Supersonicp. 7
Chapter 2 Fighting Backp. 22
Chapter 3 Surprising Even Themselvesp. 37
Chapter 4 Continuing Tensionsp. 71
Chapter 5 Wars in the Gulfp. 78
Appendicesp. 86
Colour Plates Commentaryp. 89
Indexp. 96