The MiG Diaries
Authors: Lionel Reid & Eduardo González Sarría
GENRE: SA nonfiction / military aviation
RELEASE DATE: April 2023
Memoirs of a senior Cuban MiG pilot combined with brand-new perspectives from South African, Cuban, Angolan and Soviet combatants provide the most thrilling and complete account yet of air combat during the Angolan conflict.
ABOUT THE BOOK
What was it like to fly a MiG or Mirage in combat over Angola?
Most books on the Angolan Bush War, especially those in English, present the South African perspective of events. Now a former MiG-23 Squadron Commander of the Cuban Air Force has collaborated with an ex-SAAF pilot to paint a remarkable new picture of the aerial conflict over Angola in the 1980s.
In The MiG Diaries, the recollections of Lt-Col Eduardo González Sarría are blended by Lionel Reid with those of air combatants from the Angolan, Cuban and South African air forces. Many are being published for the first time. Using their own aviation knowledge and experience of the conflict, Sarría and Reid combine the accounts of these diverse combatants – former comrades and foes – to provide original insights into, and a more holistic description of, what happened in the skies over Angola. The results, often quite different from what the opposing sides had believed, reveal a surprising, and more complete, picture of events.
The wonderful sketching pencil of Sean Thackwray, himself a former fighter pilot, helps to bring this unique story to life, along with select images, including many not seen in print in South Africa.