Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union) and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years and has one of the world? largest photo/document archives on the subject. A professional aviation journalist and photographer since 1989, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Soviet, Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has also authored and co-authored more than 130 books on Soviet and Russian aviation which were published in seven countries. For 12 years Yefim Gordon was Executive Director of the Moscow-based publishing house Polygon Press Ltd. specialising in aviation literature. Dmitriy Komissarov was born in 1968 in Moscow and graduated rom the Moscow State Linguistics University in 1992. He has worked as a translator ever since, and starting in 1993 most of his work has been associated with his interest in aviation. Dmitriy Komissarov has authored two books on Soviet/Russian aircraft and translated or co-authored more than 80 others. He has also written numerous magazine features in Russian and English on Soviet and Russian aviation.

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