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Studies in Japanese aircraft

The army's Zero
In the 1970s, Osprey published the first English-language studies of Japanese warplanes of WWII. They were later published by Arco in the U.S. and more recently have been reprinted by Schiffer--alas, with no revisions to reflect new knowledge. The author is the late Richard Bueschel, the books are large-format paperbacks of 64 pages, lavishly illustrated with black-white photos, three-views, and a cover painting of the warplane in combat. The links are to Historic Aviation, which has them in stock at the retail price: $14.95 each.

  • Mitsubishi A6m 1/2/-2N Zero-Sen navy fighter ("Zeke" or Zero)

  • Mitsubishi/Nakajima G3M1/2/3 96 Rikko navy bomber ("Nell")

  • Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa army fighter ("Oscar")

  • Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu army bomber ("Helen")

  • Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien army fighter ("Tony")

  • Mitsubishi Ki-67/Ki-109 Hiryu army bomber ("Peggy")

  • Nakajima Ki-84 A/B Hayate army fighter ("Frank")

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