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Category Archives: Japan
This twin was Japan’s attempt at a twin engine “heavy fighter”. Serving from 1942 to the end of the War, the Ki-45 can be regarded a reasonable entry to the genre.
This late War Japanese Army fighter was almost certainly the most important Japanese aircraft to never get an Allied code name. Let’s take a look at a seriously good airplane that seems to have escaped the notice of Allied intelligence.
Air Raid, Pearl Harbor! Obviously the most famous Japanese fighter of World War II. The US military was abruptly introduced to the type on December 7, 1941. Let’s take a look at a participant in that attack.
Perhaps the best known Japanese bomber of World War II, the Betty was a modern and dangerous weapon in use from the very start of the Pacific War. Let’s take a look at an early Betty, from a very famous … Continue reading
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.
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.
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
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
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”.
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.