Ominous Warning: Russian Air Power in Ukraine


We wish to thank the authors and publishers of this material which continues to prove essential. We have attempted to provide this material on a sidebar scrolling widget - however, some Google Blog Templates will not display it. Nevertheless, the material listed constitutes highly recommended reading, rereading, viewing, and reviewing. 

Please see additional works cited at the bottom of each writing/post.

Works Cited

Bacevich, Andrew J. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. N.p.: Metropolitan, 2009. Print.

Barnes, Michael, prod. "Missing in MiG Alley." NOVA. Dir. Emily Roe. NOVA/WGBH. A Windfall Films Production, Boston, MA, 2007. Television.

Bishop, Farzad, and Tom Cooper. Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat. N.p.: Osprey, 2003. Print.

Clancy, Tom, and John Gresham. Fighter Wing: A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing. N.p.: Berkley, 2007. Print.

Cooper, Tom, and Farzad Bishop. Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat. N.p.: Osprey, 2004. Print.

Crickmore, Paul. Lockheed SR-71 Operations in Europe and the Middle East. N.p.: Osprey Pub., 2009. Print.

Dorr, Robert F., Jon Lake, and Warren Thompson. Korean War Aces. N.p.: Osprey Aerospace, 1999. Print.

Drendel, Lou. ... and Kill MIGs: Air to Air Combat from Vietnam to the Gulf War. N.p.: Squadron Signal Publ., 1997. Print.

Ethell, Jeffrey L., and Alfred Price. Air War South Atlantic. N.p.: Jove, 1986. Print.

Krylov, Leonid, and Yuriy Tepsurkaev. Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War. N.p.: Osprey, 2008. Print.

Nicolle, David, and Tom Cooper. Arab MiG-19 and MiG-21 Units in Combat. N.p.: Osprey, 2004. Print.

Perry, Marvin, and George W. Bock. Western Civilization: A Brief History. N.p.: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013. Print.

"Wings of the Red Star; Box Set NTSC; Rating: Discovery Channe." Wings of the Red Star. Prod. Cherry. Discovery Channel. 1998. Television.

And many more...see each post

 ...And Kill MiGs Air to Air Combat From Vietnam to the Gulf War (3rd Edition) Lou Drendel,  Squadron/Signal Publications.

Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War, Leonid Krylov and Yuriy Tepsurkaev

Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units In Combat - Cooper Tom; Bishop Farzad; Osprey Publishing, 2004.

Air War South Atlantic - Ethell Jeffrey L.; Price Alfred - New York NY USA: MacMillan, 1983.

Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units In Combat- Cooper Tom; Bishop Farzad; Osprey Publishing, 2003.

Arab Mig-19 and Mig-21 Units In Combat - Cooper Tom; Nicolle David; Osprey Publishing, 2004.

Wings of the Red Star; Box set NTSC; Rating: Discovery Channel; Cherry VHS 1998. Narration by Sir Peter Ustinov.

Fighter Wing: A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing - Clancy Tom; Penguin Group, 1995.

Lockheed SR-71 Operations in Europe and the Middle East - Paul F Crickmore; Osprey Publishing, 2009.

NOVA (PBS) : Missing in Mig Alley (2007)

Korean War Aces - Robert F. Dorr, Osprey Publishing, 1999

Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume II: From the 1400s, 7th addition  - Marvin Perry, Wadsworth, 2013

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism - Andrew J. Bacevich, Metropolitan, 2008

Additional Works

“Why The F-35 Can’t Shoot at Long Range | The Key Air Combat Technology Nobody Talks of.” YouTube, 15 Aug. 2021,

“MiG-23ML Walkaround Tour and Engine Run.” YouTube, 8 Mar. 2021,


  1. Hello Boresight,

    I have stumbled across a blog/site with a similar goal to yours. I do not know the name author of this blog, but the level of detail is somewhat staggering and might be worth investigating his arguments. The blog is called American Innovation

    I am most curious to see your reaction to his statements about Russian mastery of basic fighter technologies, how they factor into Russian fighter design, and the degree to which their pilots are trained. I will state one important thing about the author's beliefs, he might believe that IRST is about as equally effective in all altitudes (whereas we know otherwise). If you could post in response to his articles, I would also be very interested to here them and the underlying logic. (I do not know if he knows about the better than 1:1 kill ratio for Russian vets in MiG-15s vs US vets in F-86s)

    Sincerely, and with great anticipation,

  2. Hi Cameron,
    Yes – American Innovation is a large amount of material. It is true that Russian fighter pilots since the fall of the USSR as a group - do not get enough training.

    Russian fighter design has always stressed things like keeping costs down, ruggedness, simplicity, and requirements due to immense Russian geography. Russian heavy lift rockets still use kerosene – they’re simple, reliable, lift heavy payloads and cheaper than western designs.

    Yes most western sources have missed the real story of the Korean air war. It is all part of the pan-America myth making that has gotten America is trouble from Vietnam to Iraq and elsewhere. F-86 vets were downing scores of green Chinese and North Korean pilots with both China/NK having no history of air combat proficiency – zero.


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