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Tom Cooper (born 1970) is an Austrian author, journalist, historian and illustrator with an interest in modern military aviation.[1][2]

Following a career in worldwide transportation business, in which he travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East and established contacts, he moved into writing. Cooper narrowed his earlier fascination with post–Second World War military aviation to focus on smaller air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives of material. Concentrating on air warfare that has previously received scant attention, he specializes in investigative research on little-known African and Arab air forces, as well as the Iranian air force. His first works were published in the 1990s on the ACIG website (Air Combat Information Group; former ACIG.org, since 2013: ACIG.info).

Cooper has authored and co-authored 30 books, the first of which offered exclusive insights into the operational history of the Iranian and Iraqi air forces during the Iran–Iraq War (fought 1980–1988).

His major works are two series: 'African MiGs' (two volumes) and 'Arab MiGs' (six volumes). The former examined the development and service history of 23 air forces in Sub-Saharan Africa; the latter the operational history of major Arab air forces at wars with Israel in period 1955–1973.

Cooper has published nearly 1,000 articles in specialized press and online, including magazines like Air & Space Smithsonian, AirEnthusiast, Air Force Magazine, AirForces Monthly, Air Combat, AirPower, Combat Aircraft, Le Fana de l'Aviation, Fliegerrevue & Fliegerrevue Extra, Flight Journal, International Air Power Review, Iranian Aviation Review, Jane's Defence Weekly, Modern War, SDI, Truppendienst, WarIsBoring.com, and World Air Power Journal.

BibliographyEdit

  • Tom Cooper, Great Lakes Holocaust: The First Congo War, 1996–1997, Helion & Company, 2013. ISBN 978-1-909384-65-1.
  • Tom Cooper, Great Lakes Conflagration: The Second Congo War, 1998–2003, Helion & Company, 2013. ISBN 978-1-909384-66-8.
  • Tom Cooper, Wings over Ogaden: The Ethiopian-Somali War, 1978–1979, Helion & Company, 2014. ISBN 978-1-909982-38-3.
  • Tom Cooper, Syrian Conflagration: the Civil War, 2011–2013, Helion & Company, 2015. ISBN 978-1-910294-10-9.
  • Tom Cooper, Hot Skies over Yemen, Volume 1: Aerial Warfare over the Southern Arabian Peninsula, 1962-1994, Helion & Company, 2017. ISBN 978-1-912174-23-2.
  • Tom Cooper, Hot Skies over Yemen, Volume 2: Aerial Warfare over the Southern Arabian Peninsula, 1994-2018, Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-911628-18-7.
  • Tom Cooper, MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East: Mikoyan I Gurevich MiG-23 in Service in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria, 1973-2018. Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-912390-32-8.
  • Tom Cooper, Moscow's Game of Poker: Russian Military Intervention in Syria. Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-912390-37-3.
  • Tom Cooper and Adrien Fontanellaz, Wars and Insurgencies of Uganda, 1971–1994, Helion & Company, 2016. ISBN 978-1-910294-55-0.
  • Tom Cooper and Adrien Fontanellaz, The Rwandan Patriotic Front, 1990–1994, Helion & Company, 2016. ISBN 978-1-910294-56-7.
  • Tom Cooper and Adrien Fontanellaz, Ethiopian-Eritrean Wars, Volume 1: Eritrean War of Independence, 1961-1988. Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-912390-29-8.
  • Tom Cooper and Adrien Fontanellaz, Paradise Afire, Volume 1: Sri Lankan War, 1971-1987, Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-910294-07-9.
  • Tom Cooper and Adrien Fontanellaz, Ethiopian-Eritrean Wars, Volume 2: Eritrean War of Independence, 1988-1991 & Badme War, 1998-2001. Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-912390-32-8.
  • Tom Cooper and Adrien Fontanellaz, War of Intervention in Angola: Angolan and Cuban Forces, 1975-1976. Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-911628-19-4.
  • Tom Cooper and Ahmad Sadik, Iraqi Fighters: 1953–2003: Camouflage and Markings. Harpia Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-0-615-21414-6.
  • Tom Cooper and Albert Grandolini, Showdown in Western Sahara, Volume 1: Air Warfare over the last African Colony, 1945-1975. Helion & Company, 2018. ISBN 978-1-912390-35-9.
  • Tom Cooper, Albert Grandolini and Arnaud Delalande, Libyan Air Wars. Part 1: 1973–1985, Helion & Company, 2015, ISBN 978-1-909982-39-0.
  • Tom Cooper, Albert Grandolini and Arnaud Delalande, Libyan Air Wars, Part 2: 1985–1986, Helion & Company, 2016, ISBN 978-1-910294-53-6.
  • Tom Cooper, Albert Grandolini and Arnaud Delalande, Libyan Air Wars, Part 3: 1986–1989, Helion & Company, 2016, ISBN 978-1-910294-54-3.
  • Tom Cooper and Andreas Rupprecht, Modern Chinese Warplanes, Harpia Publishing, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9854554-0-8.
  • Tom Cooper, Babak Taghvaee and Liam F Devlin, IRIAF 2010: The Modern Iranian Air Force, Harpia Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9825539-3-0.
  • Tom Cooper and David Nicolle, Arab MiG-19 and MiG-21 Units in Combat. Osprey Publishing, Oxford 2004, ISBN 1-84176-655-0.
  • Tom Cooper and David Nicolle, Arab MiGs. Volume 1: Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-15 and MiG-17 in Service with Air Forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco and Syria. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2009, ISBN 978-0-9825539-2-3.
  • Tom Cooper and David Nicolle, Arab MiGs. Volume 2: Supersonic Fighters: 1956–1967. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2011, ISBN 978-0-9825539-6-1.
  • Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen and Patricia Salti: Arab MiGs. Volume 3: The June 1967 War. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2012, ISBN 978-0-9825539-9-2.
  • Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen, Patricia Salti and Martin Smisek: Arab MiGs Volume 4: Attrition War 1967–1973. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2013 by Harpia Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9854554-1-5.
  • Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Holger Müller, Lon Nordeen and Martin Smisek, Arab MiGs. Volume 5: October 1973 War. Part 1. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2014, ISBN 978-0-9854554-4-6.
  • Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Albert Grandolini, Lon Nordeen and Martin Smisek, Arab MiGs. Volume 6: October 1973 War. Part 2. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2015, ISBN 978-0-9854554-6-0.
  • Tom Cooper, David Nicolle and AVM Gabr Ali Gabr, Wings over Sinai: The Egyptian Air Force During the Sinai War, 1956. Helion & Company, 2017. ISBN 978-1-911096610.
  • Tom Cooper and Doug Dildy, F-15 Eagle versus MiG-23/25: Iraq 1991. Osprey Publishing Company, 2016. ISBN 978-1-4728-1270-4.
  • Tom Cooper, E. R. Hooton and Farzin Nadimi, The Iran-Iraq War, Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980 – May 1982. Helion & Company, 2016. ISBN 978-1-911096-56-6.
  • Tom Cooper, E. R. Hooton and Farzin Nadimi, The Iran-Iraq War, Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982 – December 1986. Helion & Company, 2016. ISBN 978-1-911096-57-3.
  • Tom Cooper, E. R. Hooton and Farzin Nadimi, The Iran-Iraq War, Volume 3: Iraq's Triumph. Helion & Company, 2017. ISBN 978-1-911512-44-8.
  • Tom Cooper, E. R. Hooton and Farzin Nadimi, The Iran-Iraq War, Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts. Helion & Company, 2017. ISBN 978-1-911512-45-5.
  • Tom Cooper and Farzad Bishop, Iran–Iraq War in the Air, 1980–1988. Schiffer Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-7643-1669-9.
  • Tom Cooper and Farzad Bishop, Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat. Osprey Publishing, Oxford 2003, ISBN 1-84176-658-5.
  • Tom Cooper and Farzad Bishop, Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat. Osprey Publishing, Oxford 2004, ISBN 1-84176-787-5.
  • Tom Cooper, Farzad Bishop and Ahmad Sadik, La Guerre Iran-Iraq: Les Combat Aériens. Part 1. Éditions LELA PRESSE, 2007.
  • Tom Cooper, Farzad Bishop and Ahmad Sadik, La Guerre Iran-Iraq: Les Combat Aériens. Part 2. Éditions LELA PRESSE, 2007.
  • Tom Cooper and Patricia Salti. Hawker Hunters at War: Iraq and Jordan, 1958–1967. Helion & Company, 2016. ISBN 978-1-911-096-25-2.
  • Tom Cooper, Peter Weintert, Fabian Hinz and Mark Lepko, African MiGs: MiGs and Sukhois in Service in Sub-Saharan Africa. Volume 1: Angola to Ivory Coast. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2010, ISBN 978-0-9825539-5-4.
  • Tom Cooper, Peter Weintert, Fabian Hinz and Mark Lepko, African MiGs: MiGs and Sukhois in Service in Sub-Saharan Africa. Volume 2: Madagascar to Zimbabwe. Harpia Publishing, Houston 2011, ISBN 978-0-9825539-8-5.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tom Cooper, Osprey Publishing
  2. ^ About the Author, Modern Chinese Warplanes: Combat Aircraft and Units of the Chinese Air Force and Naval Aviation, Harpia Publishing

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