Polish Wings No. 09 Sukhoi Su-7 and Su-20
Errata do PS 9 Su-7, Su-20
Na stronie 50 opublikowane została kolorowa sylwetka Su-20 nr 76302 z nr taktycznym 6252, który pomyłkowo został opisany jako Su-20 74416 nr 6256. Sylwetki boczne samolotu 6252 opublikowane są na stronie 47.
Przepraszamy za pomyłkę.
The Polish Air Force was a major user of Sukhoi’s heavyweight fighter-bombers, for more than 30 years. Starting with delivery of the Su-7BM in 1964, with the –BKL variant following from 1966 and eight 2-seat Su-7Us from 1969, the Poles then operated the swing-wing Su-20 from 1974 to 1997. This new volume in the
Polish Wings series describes and illustrates all these Polish Sukhois, with full details of all the airframes and their fates, detailed description of colour schemes and markings and many colour photos and colour profiles.
An invaluable reference source for aircraft historians and enthusiasts, and scale modellers.
ErratumPage 50: Upper view showing the Su-20 No 76302 Tactical No 6252, not Su-20 74416!
By Chris Banyai-Riepl
The newest title in the growing Polish Wings series moves beyond the Second World War and into jets, covering an aircraft that many find interesting and attractive. The Sukhoi Su-7 and its descendants formed a major part of the Polish Air Force during the Cold War in the fighter-bomber role. Although not operated in huge numbers, the Su-7 and Su-20 had a long life with the Polish Air Force, and this book does an excellent job of documenting each one of these planes.
The book is divided into specific sections covering the Su-7/Su-20 variants. The first Sukhoi variant the Poles received was the Su-7BM, with six aircraft serving with the 5 PLMSz. The next variant was the upgraded Su-7BKL, which had subtle visual differences over the Su-7BM. A total of 31 Su-7BKL aircraft were delivered, and these, combined with the Su-7BM, remained in service until 1990. Eight Su-7U two-seat trainer aircraft were received as well, to aid in transitioning to a supersonic jet.
The Su-20 was the export designation of the Su-17, which was a variable wing geometry development of the Su-7. In the early 1970s, the Polish Air Force selected this aircraft as the replacement for its ageing Il-28 fleet. Twenty-seven Su-20s were delivered to Poland, and these aircraft remained in service from the 1970s through to the mid 1990s, finally retiring in 1997.
The presentation of these aircraft in this book is quite thorough, with extensive photographs and careful documentation of camouflage schemes on the later Su-20s. Color profile illustrations highlight the various marking changes, mainly in the form of nose numbers in the early aircraft. Multi-view illustrations mark out the complex camouflage patterns found on the Su-20, and careful research has resulted in a comprehensive list of the specific colors used (no, not all Su-20s had the same camouflage colors).
For anyone interested in Polish aviation, or the Su-7/20 in general, this is an outstanding book to have. It is nicely written, amply illustrated, and well researched.
SAMI October 2009 2013-09-05
This is the ninth title in what is rapidly becoming a major reference series concerned with Polish aviation history. The connection between Stratus and Mushroom Model Publications ensures that this new title has the scale modeller in mind and the book doesn’t disappoint at any level.
The SU-7BM, Sukhoi SU-7BKL, SU-7U and Sukhoi SU-20 were major types in the Polish Aviation Regiments and until now quality reference for the types has been sadly lacking. The overall silver schemes applied to most Su-7BM aircraft are well illustrated as are the brown/green camouflage patterns applied to the later SU-20 machines. All make excellent and attractive schemes when applied to scale models from the likes of Kopro and others. Indeed, the availability of a good range of kits and accessories, especially for the Su-7 makes this new title even more appealing.
Layout is clear and straightforward, taking each variant of the type and including relevant descriptive text and images. Probably the best features for me are the inclusion of full colour all-aspect drawings and profiles, plus, of course, those full colour images. The latter vital to the modeller to help us get that weathering and ‘look’ of our finished models just how we want them.
Reviewed By Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Soft cover, A4 format 8.25 x 11.75", 56 pages, 75 b&w photos, 60 color photos, 51 color side profiles and two top profiles
From 1964 through 1997 the Polish Air Force used the Sukhoi's heavyweight fighter-bombers, starting with the delivery of the Su-7BM, then later the -BKL variant and finally the 2 seat Su-7U trainers. The Polish Air Force also operated the swing-wing Su-20 (export version of the Su-17) starting in 1974 thru 1997. A brief history of the aircraft types and use by the Polish military is spread over several pages. The strength of this work for modelers is in the many fine photos and the profuse use of color profiles. Most of the photos of the Su-7s in the 60s & 70s are b&w, so the color profiles are very useful in this case. The photo coverage of the Su-20s is mainly in color, but the color profiles are still an asset. There is even a short section on the colors of the Su-7s and the Su-20s which is useful for the color of the undercarriage and main gear well, etc Finally, there are two charts that list all of the Sukhoi's fighter-bombers used by the Polish Air Force listing their serial numbers, code numbers, production/delivery dates, units and disposition, very useful for the modeler or historian.
This is one handy book if you are interested in Polish aviation or Sukhoi aircraft. The previous volumes dealt with WWII Polish aircraft, while this was the first volume to handle post WWII jet aircraft in Polish service. In fact, the next volume in the series will be about the Mig 23 MF/UB and should be a great volume. I can highly recommend this work for use by modelers as a source of information and inspiration.
In spite of the jokes about the Polish Air Force, it really wasn't all that bad.
During the Cold War Poland was a key member of the Warsaw Pact. It's military, including the air force was equipped with Soviet Union material. The fighter-bomber portion of the air force was equipped with Sukhoi aircraft.
This book is a detailed history of the Sukhoi aircraft used by Poland. It covers virtually every aircraft in their inventory including photographs and a detailed history. It includes an amazing amount of detail, perhaps the most surprising of which (to me anyway) was the relatively few hours on the planes when they were scrapped or otherwise taken out of front line service. For instance aircraft number 6252, a Su-20 was delivered in April 1976 and flown until February 1997. That's more than twenty years and at the end it had logged 1,324 hours and 4 minutes of flight time. That's just a bit more than 60 hours a year.
MAM 09/2009 2013-09-05
SAM 2010/06 2013-09-05
Aeroplane November 2009 2013-09-05
Reviewer: Scott Van Aken
This latest edition in the Polish Wings series concentrates on the powerful Su-7 and Su-20 fighter bombers. These aircraft formed the backbone of Poland's heavy strike force for 30 years and were quite reliable aircraft. The book is divided into two sections with one on the Su-7 and the second concentrating on the Su-20.
We start with a history of the aircraft as it was developed and then its integration into the Polish Air Force and the units that flew it. There are stories of incidents involving the aircraft and the changes in colors and camouflage. I found it interesting that the airframe hours on these aircraft was only about 1800, whereas on the Phantom, for instance, that was 5000 hours. W
hat is really the meat of the book are the photographs. The book is jam packed with photos of PAF Fitters and I dare say that just about all of them are covered at one time or another in their career. In addition to the photos (about half of which are in full color), there are superbly drawn color profiles of various aircraft. The book tells the fate of these airframes and has a special colors and markings section on each type.
Overall, it is an excellent book for the enthusiast and modeler alike. One that I particularly enjoyed reading and one I can easily recommend to you.
By Ray Mehlberger
This new book by Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) Stratus is printed in Sandomierz, Poland by Stratus Publication. They are in partnership with MMP and the books are printed in English. MMP is based in Petersfield, Hants, UK.
This new book is about variants of the Su-7 and the Su-20. The Polish Air Force was a major user of Sukhoi’s heavyweight fighter-bombers for more than 30 years. Starting with delivery of the Su-7BM in 1964, with the –BKL variant following from 1974 to 1997. This new volume in the Polish Wings series describes and illustrates all these Polish Sukhois, with full details of all the airframes and their fates, detailed descriptions of color schemes and markings and many color photos and color profiles.
The book is in soft-cover format of 54 pages in 8 ¼” x 11 5/8” page format.
It has a color illustration of a Su-7 on the front cover and a Su-20 on the rear cover. Both aircraft illustrated carry the black number 821 on their noses, are in overall bare metal with the Polish national chessboard insignia in the normal 6 positions and with red tips to the tops of their tails.
The Su-20 has a red outlined nose air intake.
There are 6 color photos of the Su-7 variants, 51 black and white photos, 17 color profiles, 1 color top and botttom 2-view illustration and 3 data charts. The Su-7BM, BKL and 7U (two-seat trainer) are covered in this section. The profiles are displayed on the same pages with actual photos of the aircrafts being illustrated. In most cases, these are all bare metal with only different nose numbers and the red tipped tails.
The Su-20 section has 47 color photos, 25 black and white ones, 41 color profiles, 1 top and bottom 2-view illustration, 2 information charts and 3 color illustrations of Su-20 squadron badges. The Su-20 appears in both the bare metal scheme (like the Su-7’s) and 2 colors of green in a wave pattern. On this later pattern the nose numbers are yellow.
This new book will be an invaluable reference source for aircraft historians and enthusiasts, and scale modelers. Next in the Polish Wings series will be a companion volume on the Mig-23MF & the Mig-23UB. It is number 10.
Previous Polish Wings series books, numbers 1 through 8 are still available. Future ones will be no. 11 on the Mig-29 and a Polish Tracks & Wheels book on the Renault FT17, R35/40 & Hotchkiss H35/39 tanks.
After a couple of titles regarding pre-war Polish Air Force fighters, Polish Wings series makes a big step forward and offers now Cold War aircraft types, the Su7 and 20.
Each type is described, variant by variant (Su7BM, BKL, U and Su20), which flew under Polish markings during more than 30 years from 1964 onwards. The author starts to explain with much interest for the reader the reasons why the Poles purchased the Su-7 and gives a short genesis of the Su-7 type. It is followed by the history of each variant in Poland with plenty of illustrations with almost 200 photos (mainly in colour) and 40 colour profiles covering the four chapters of the book. As it is now almost compulsory when doing a monograph, a table showing the career and fate of every aircraft is published, and even if names of pilots involved in accident are sometimes omitted, the bulk of the data is there. Some point of interest is the number of hours flown by some aircraft and it would have been very interesting in having this figure for all of them as it seems that this data was available. Nevertheless, this book is very good and interesting as it offers a very good overview of what the Su-7 and Su-20 have been for the Polish Air Force. Even if we could expect more details on some points, this books of 56 pages offers at a very economical price of less than £10.00, a very good amount of information written or pictorial. I am just impatient to read the next two Polish Wings titles, No.10 (MiG-23) and No.11 (MiG-29) under preparation !
AIM 02 2010 2013-09-05
Skrzydlata Polska 11/09 2009-11-23
MiniReplika 63 2009-11-23
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