The Aerodrome Home Page
Aces of WWI
Aircraft of WWI
Books and Film
The Aerodrome Forum
Links to Other Sites
Medals and Decorations
Search The Aerodrome
Today in History

The Aerodrome Forum

Go Back   The Aerodrome Forum > Reading Room > Reviews

Reviews Reviews by Forum members of books, movies and products related to WWI aviation

Closed Review
Review Tools Display Modes
Foundations of Russian Military Flight, 1885-1925 by James K. Libbey
Foundations of Russian Military Flight, 1885-1925 by James K. Libbey
Published by CjBobrow
18 March 2020
Author review
Average N/A%
Foundations of Russian Military Flight, 1885-1925 by James K. Libbey

Foundations of Russian Military Flight, 1885-1925
By James K. Libbey. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2019. Photographs, Maps, Index, Notes, Bibliography. Pp.264. $38.00 ISBN: 9781682474235

English language books surveying the emergence of aviation and aircraft construction in Russia are few and far between. The reasons are intricate not the least of which is that the primary source material is, predictably, in Russian. Coupled with the difficulty of archival research, much of which is available only in Russia proper researching and writing on the subject is a decidedly complex effort. Nonetheless, over the past few decades more documents and material have become more available in the West. Granted, much of it has been written by Russian historians and researchers, who have provided a steady stream of published works, some of which is outstanding. This secondary source material has proved to be an option for scouring the State archives in Russia. This becomes problematic when relying on authors who wrote during the period of Soviet censorship, such as the two volumes Istoriya vozdukhoplavaniya i aviatsii v Rossii (History of Aeronautics and Aviation in Russia) by Peter Dmitrievich Duz. In such an instance the researcher needs to understand the nuances of Russian and Soviet history to ascertain the facts and separate them from the political diatribe. Much of what Libbey has presented in this concise volume is from secondary source publications. In many ways this work is similar to Robert A. Klimarxís 1960ís "A History of Soviet Air Power" from the perspective of aviationís beginnings in Imperial Russia to the State-run enterprise of the Soviet Union. The book examines the development of aviation from aerostatics (balloons) to the initial Soviet production of aircraft-built post WW1. The complex and ever-changing organization of the military air fleet is perhaps one of the least understood or appreciated aspects of the history of aviation in Russia. Libbey brings this to the forefront along the with various personalities who would bring it all to maturity in the 1920ís. The section on World War I through to the emergence of the Soviet Unionís ĎRed Air Fleetí is concise and the narrative is comprehensible. The volume has a series of well know photographs, the maps provide the reader with historical context of the massive geographical landscape that is Russia. As a concise review of the topic this book provides a valuable text on the subject.

Carl J. Bobrow/Museum Specialist/National Air and Space Museum
Closed Review


Review Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Review Review Starter Category Comments Last Post
The Russian Military Air Fleet Index James A. Pratt III Books and Magazines 1 28 April 2015 11:57 PM
Russian Military Air Fleet Of World War I JohnMacG Books and Magazines 6 25 October 2010 07:34 PM
Blume - Russian Military Air Fleet in WW 1 (2) YavorD Books and Magazines 17 21 July 2010 05:25 PM
Blume - Russian Military Air Fleet in WW 1 Varese2002 Books and Magazines 13 10 February 2010 06:44 PM
Russian Military Air Fleet WW 1/A. G. Blume Kosh Books and Magazines 7 22 June 2009 01:31 AM

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:37 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2024 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1997 - 2023 The Aerodrome
Review powered by GARS 2.1.9 ©2005-2006