Nakajima KI.43 "Hayabusa"

Nakajima KI.43 "Hayabusa" : Allied Code Name "Oscar"

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Merriam Press Military Monograph 297. Fourth Edition (February 2012). With a wing span of about 35 feet and a length of less than 30 feet, the Nakajima Ki.43 Hayabusa, known as "Oscar" to the Allies, was one of the smaller fighter monoplanes to see action in World War II (compared to the P-38 with a span of 52 feet or the Corsair of 41 feet or even the Hurricane with a span of 40 feet, the Ki.43 was indeed smaller than its major opponents). In action within days after Pearl Harbor, the diminutive Oscar served with the Japanese Army Air Forces until the end of hostilities. More Ki.43s were in service than any other Army type and its service record proved an especially interesting one. This is an operational history of the "Oscar" fighter aircraft with development, combat use in New Guinea, Formosa and the Philippines, and American evaluation. Good coverage of the "Oscar's" camouflage and markings, including excellent sideview line drawings by Hubert Cance. Contents: Beginnings; Japan's Angry Little Falcon; 'Oscar' Arrives on the New Guinea Front, 1942; The End in New Guinea; 'Oscar' in Defense of Formosa; Soldiering On in the Philippines; Moment of Ignominy; American Evaluation of the 'Oscar'; Camouflage and Markings; Camouflage and Markings Sideviews; Photographs; Drawings. Fourth Edition (January 2012). 173 photos; 6 illustrations; 1 cutaway; 4 three-view drawings; 6 sideview drawings; 39 markings sideviews; 3 color sideviews.
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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 209g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1468169637
  • 9781468169638

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