Category Archives: Japan

Nakajima Ki-43-II “Oscar”

The Japanese Army’s newest fighter at the start of the Pacific War, the Ki-43 remained in service to the end of the war.  Long past it’s obsolescence. Let’s look at a late war Oscar.

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Yokosuka MXY-7 Baka

This small, rocket-assisted glider was actually classified as “ordnance” by its operator and was really the world’s first production smart missile. Let’s take a look at something only one combatant would have even considered building.

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Kawanishi N1K2-J “George”

The Japanese aircraft industry produced some excellent high performance fighters towards the end of the war. The N1K was generally considered the very best among the naval types. Join me for a look at fighter that Allied pilots were thankful … Continue reading

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Komatsu G40

The Japanese were behind other major powers in the development of wartime construction equipment, but late in World War II this bulldozer was used in expanding airfields and roads in the shrunken Empire. Join me for a brief look at … Continue reading

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Aichi M6A

This sleek looking float-plane just missed combat in World War II and was part of a unique operation. After the jump, a look at a particularly intriguing “what if”.

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Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 32 Hamp

The least successful variant of the Zero, the Hamp also may have had one of the most confusing designations! After the jump, a look at the first major upgrade of Mitsubishi’s legendary fighter.

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Nakajima Ki-44 Tojo

Another atypical Japanese fighter, designed in direct response to how the Japanese saw international trends in aerial combat. After the jump, a Japanese interceptor.

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