Hot Skies Over Yemen

Volume 1: Aerial Warfare over the Southern Arabian Peninsula, 1962-1994

Tom Cooper

Using newly-released secret intelligence sources, neglected memoirs and much more besides, this book tells the story of military aviation in Yemen since 1962.
Publication date:
September 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Middle East@War
Illustration :
120 photos, 15-18 colour profiles, 3 maps
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ISBN : 9781912174232

Dimensions : 297 X 210 mm
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• An overlooked aspect of contemporary and recent military aviation history, researched from obscure sources and private materials, and extremely well illustrated
• Fills a major gap in the military history of the Middle East
• Includes coverage of the ongoing campaign in the Yemen that is currently in the news on a regular basis

Since September 1962, hardly a week passed without a major armed confrontation or an outright war in Yemen. The number of long-lasting insurgencies, mutinies, rebellions, or terrorism-related activities that took place during this period is going into dozens. Despite duration of all these conflicts and although they may have caused as many as half a million of deaths, the rest of the World heard very little about them. At best, Yemen is nowadays known as a hotbed of international terrorism, an area that is on the receiving end of frequent US air strikes flown by UAVs, or as 'some place' fiercely bombarded by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
While at least some details about British aerial operations in what was Southern Arabia of the 1960s were published over the years, next to nothing is known about activities of other, ‘local' air forces - like those of Egypt - and even less so about that of Yemen. This is even more surprising considering that for nearly two decades there were no less than two, fully developed services of that kind - one operated by what was then North Yemen, another by what used to be South Yemen - and that these were deeply involved in the Cold War, too.
Using newly released secret intelligence sources, neglected memoirs, and popular memory, this book is telling the story of military flying in Yemen between 1962 and 1994. It is providing in-depth insights and analysis of campaigns fought by the Egyptian air force of the 1960s, the creation of two Yemeni air forces in the 1970s, an entire series of inter-Yemeni wars of the 1980s and 1990s.
Containing over 140 photographs, colour profiles, maps and extensive tables, Hot Skies over Yemen is a richly illustrated and unique point of reference about one segment of modern aerial warfare that remains entirely unknown until today.


From a modelling perspective there's a great selection of period images and excellent colour profiles (also by the author) featuring Hawker Hunters, Strikemasters and Yemen operated Russian MiG-21s, Su-22s and MiG-17s in some fantastic schemes which offer a great alternative from the norm.
Air Modeller

Hot Skies is an engrossing read, but also offers considerable inspiration for aircraft modellers. Highly recommended.
Airfix Model World

For the military historian, the aircraft enthusiast and the modeller this is another interesting read. Another book from Helion Books which I can heartily recommend.
Military Model Scene

If you're interested in the lesser known Air Forces, and conflicts of the war this is to be recommended.

...this provides a solid, quick study of the murky waters that have plagued this very troubled part of the Arabian Peninsula.
Flightpath Magazine

Book will come handy not only as the source of photo-material, but also as a decent history publication for those who would like to know more.

The conflicts are made well accessible with these books and we do need that in these times with heaps of fake news and other forms of falsification of history!

There is a great range of very rare photographs of aircraft and their crews backed up by some excellent colour profiles…highly recommended.
Editor - Model Boat World