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JAINNESE
EXPERI}IENTAL
AIRCRAFT
OF
THE IJA
AND
IJN
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JAPANESE
SECRET
PROJECTSDuring the final
years
of
World War
2, Japan
was desperate
for technical
advances tocombat the high-altitude
B-29
bombers
and
planned
invasion
of the
homeland. As cities
were
flattened and antiquated aircraft
such
as
the
infamous
Zero
fighter
bravely
fought
on
only
to
be shot out
of
the
skies
by
superiorAllied aircraft,
the Japanese
military, like their
German counterparts, sought innovative
designs as
time
and resources
drew to
a
close.
Japanese
Secret
Projecls
looks
in
detail
at
the
multiplicity of
aeronautical
designs andconcepts
that
the
Japanese
developed
to
try
to
counter
the
Allied
onslaught. The
book
is
divided
into two
sections
dedicated to the airforces of the
IJA
and
IJN
with
over
42
aircraft
examined
in
their historical
and
political
context,
each
with
its variants, performance
and combat records
laid out
in
an
easy to
read fashion.
Beautifully illustrated
by the
world's
leadingaviation
artists, this
book
is
complemented
by
stunning colour renditions
of aircraft
in
combat
including profiles
of
genuine
markings
and
camouflage schemes.
Notable
emphasis
is
placed upon
the
transonic
rammer
aircraft,
strategic
long-range
bombers,
high-altitude fighters,
Kamikaze
aircraft and the
methods
in
which
the
Japanese
military
adapted
German
technology
to
their particular
needs such
as
the
Messerschmitt
262
je|
fighter
and
163
Komet
rocket
interceptor.
Secret
Japanese
armaments are also covered
in
detail
with
information on guided
missiles, aerial
rocketsand unique
bombs.
With
an incredible
range
of interesting
and
bizarre
aircraft
designs
and
access
to
previously unpublished
information,
Japanese
Secret
Projects
is a
gripping
and
educational read
for
aviation
and
military
enthusiasts
around
the
world.
Front
couer
illustration:
"Slice & Dice"
-
Havingslashed
their way through the ramjet-equipped
P-5
I
D
Mustang
escorts, a
pair
of
Japanese Manshu
Ki-98
fighter dive on
a
formation
of
B-35
flying
wing
bombers, high
over Japan.
Although originallyconceived for the ground attack role, the
Ki-98
wasone of many fighters developed towards
war's
end
with
the purpose to intercept high-flying allied
heary
bombers. The
Ki-98
in the cover illustration carriesthe markings of the
4th Sentai's
3rd Chutai. During
the
war
the
4th Sentai
achieved
successes
against
B-29
bombers,
while
fllng
their twin-engined
Ki-45
"Nick"
heavy fighters. They
utilised both conventionaland ramming techniques
to
bring
down
their victims.
This
specially commissioned
artuork
was created byRonnie Olsthoorn
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JAPANESE
SECRET
PROJECTS
EXPERIITENTAL AIRCRAFT
OT
THE IJA AND
IJN
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