**THIS BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DISPATCH ON 24 JUNE 2021**
(Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Pre-Order below)
- Includes forty-two previously unknown fighters of the Second World War
- Presents a historical framework and performance details for each project for the bitter defence of Tokyo
- Profusely illustrated with technical drawings and gives exhaustive coverage on different models and variants
- Written by the best-selling author of The Ultimate Piston Fighters of the Luftwaffe, The Ultimate Flying Wings of the Luftwaffe and Axis Suicide Squads: German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War
- Of interest to aviation and military historians, modellers, gamers and flight simulator enthusiasts
The first B-29 Superfortress, ironically named ‘Tokyo Rose’, flew over Tokyo on 1 November 1944 and was on a photographic reconnaissance mission.
Nakajima Ki-44 fighters of the 47th Sentai took-off to intercept, but the B-29s flew at such a high altitude and speed that they failed to engage. The Ki-44-II Otsu had been specifically designed for this type of interception and could reach the astonishing rate of climb of 5,000 metres in four minutes; however, it was not good enough.
During the following ten months, a devastating bombing campaign by B-29s decimated sixty-seven Japanese cities and half of Tokyo. The cultural shock and political consequences were huge when it was realised that the heat and stress-metallic alloys for the turbo superchargers could not be manufactured in high numbers.
Japan lacked the essential chromium and molybdenum metals to harden the steel, which thwarted the design of numerous advanced projects such as turbojet and rocket engine technology from Nazi Germany.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF PRE-ORDER
||248 x 172 mm
||24 June 2021
||158 back-and-white scale drawings
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