Since Moscow's May Day air show in 1947, the world has known that Russia has some very fast and possibly very good jet-propelled airplanes. Now, Jane's All the World's Aircraft, just off the presses, has told what it knows and surmises about Russian jets. With five drawings ("impressions") and one photograph,, Jane's gives some interesting descriptions, some of them fragmentary, of Red single-jet fighters, twin-jet attack bombers and fighters, four-jet bombers.

Says Jane's, which is authoritative though unofficial: "The Soviet government has taken over and put to good use German experimental...

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