By: David Baker
ISBN: 978-0-85733-397-1 Price: £22.99
Format: 276mm x 214mm
Haynes’ latest Owners’ Workshop Manual, on the Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum, takes a slightly different approach to the other volumes in this series, providing a highly technical overview of this multi-role type, with just a single operator’s viewpoint included (but that’s an absolute classic). This means that, after a brief introduction to the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau itself, and an outline of that company’s other jet fighter aircraft (from MiG-15 to MiG-31), one is launched directly into the MiG-29’s development. Here, the author’s engineering background comes to the fore, as the various prototypes and production variants are explained, along with their distinguishing characteristics. However, it’s the Anatomy section (which takes up more than half of the pages) that modellers will find the most informative, as it combines an exhaustive description of the Fulcrum’s systems with superb colour close-up and walk-round photographs. Weathering aficionados aren’t left out, as there are plenty of exterior and in-flight views, depicting airframes in various states, including several rather tired Luftwaffe examples, with heavy staining and worn paint finish. The final section supplies one of the most entertaining personal views on an aircraft type, provided by ‘Mr. Harrier’ himself, test-pilot John Farley, based on when he flew in the back seat of a MiG-29UB at Farnborough in 1990. Highly recommended.