Cuban MiGs

The Defenders of Castro's Air Force

Hélio Higuchi, Paulo Roberto Bastos Junior

Cuba's Fuerza Aérea Revolucionária (FAR) was one of the most feared and respected air forces of the Americas, and its pilots engaged in many real-life combat engagements. This book tells the history of its most iconic airplanes, the renowned MiG fighters.
Publication date:
August 2022
Publisher :
Harpia Publishing
Illustration :
colour maps, colour and black-and-white photos and tables
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ISBN : 9781950394098

Dimensions : 280 X 210 mm
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• The only book in English language on the history of MiG aircraft in Cuban air force service
• Many untold stories of Cuban pilots fighting in the Caribbean and overseas
• Many yet unpublished photos of the MiG variants within Cuban Air Force (FAR)
• Unpublished photos and stories

The Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria (FAR), one of the most powerful and little-publicised air forces in the Americas, had Mikoyan-Gurevich (MiG) fighters as its main fighter aircraft, both in the defence of Cuban territory against the threat of US invasion and in support of Cuban leader's efforts to export their revolutionary ideals.

The book casts an unprecedented look at the introduction and utilisation of all MiG models in Cuban service, since their arrival before the Cuban Missile Crisis, to current times, going through all of the conflicts in which Cuba was involved, from incidents with the Dominican Republic (‘Operación Pico') and the Bahamas, to its entanglements in wars in Vietnam, Syria, Guinea, Southern Yemen, Angola, Ethiopia and Nicaragua and the recent apprehension of ‘export goods' to North Korea in the Panama Canal.

The story of military aviation in Cuba before the arrival of the MiGs is also briefly presented, from the beginning of their air corps and its role in the political crises that affected the country, in Castro's Revolution and the ill-fated attempted invasion at the Bay of Pigs, contextualising the times when they happened.

This is the result of extensive research using Cuban publications, documents, interviews with former pilots, historians and contributions by veteran Cuban airmen both in exile and residing in their homeland. The book is richly illustrated with over 170 photographs and colour profiles detailing the history of all twenty models of MiG fighters operated by Cuba from 1962 to the present.