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BERIEV'S JET FLYING BOATS: Red Star Volume 28 by Yefim Gordon. 8-1/2 X 11; 128 pages; Color and b/w photos; softcover.

This is a detailed survey of the jet-powered flying boats produced by the Beriev design bureau. Established as long ago as the 1930s, Beriev is one of the less well known of the Soviet design bureaus. The organization is still active as an aircraft design and manufacturing business today. Its particular forte lay in the development of flying boats. While these have been powered by both piston and jet engines, this book focuses on those jet-engined aircraft produced from the late 1960s onwards. These include the Be-30, Be-32, BE-43, Be-103 and Be-200. These aircraft were intended for a wide variety of uses, including passenger transport and maritime rescue operations.

The book is highly illustrated with color and black and white photographs and line drawings and provides a great deal of information on these aircraft, on which little has been published in the west until now. Many aviation enthusiasts and modelers are interested in flying boats, and this area of aviation in general is one which publishers have tended to neglect.

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J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing went into business in 1983 as Military Book Distributor, selling other companies’ books through the mail. Many of those books were in German, and so during the next few years a number of individuals commented on how it would be nice to see them in English. I investigated the costs and possibilities, and the first book was printed; 400 copies of a 40-page biography on Paul Hausser (how many of you own that one?). This was followed by European Volunteers, the first hard cover and first translation. And here we are now, almost 100 books later, and many more to go.

From the first day, the company’s objective was to provide translations of the very best German-language books covering the German ground forces in WW II and to publish them in a format that would last many years (hard cover, on acid-free paper, with laminated covers). It appears that we have been fairly successful.

Started as a one-man operation by John Fedorowicz, the company grew steadily until more help was needed. Over time, 3 partners came on board and we added Tiger Hobbies as a local outlet for modelers and book buyers. Eventually, as times and economic circumstances demanded, the company has returned to the original owner. However, Sharron, who came on board in 2002 as office manager, has stayed to keep me in line and on target. Ken helps with Tiger Hobbies. So here we are, John, Sharron and Ken - when you call you will get one of us.

Defying the hard economic situation, we plan to publish many more excellent books in the future and to serve your reading and modeling needs for many more years.