Ki-43 'Oscar' Aces of World War 2


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Dubbed the 'Oscar' by the Allies, the Ki-43 Hayabusa was the most prolific Japanese fighter of World War II. Produced in great numbers, it initially proved superior to most US and British fighter types, due to its excellent maneuverability. The light weight and large wing area gave it a small turning radius and a high rate-of-climb which was ideal for pilots in close combat fighting. However, the Ki-43's swiftness and agility came at a price, with the low-wing design meaning that firepower and safety had to be sacrificed. ...

Ki-43 'oscar' Aces of World War 2 2009, Osprey Publishing (UK), New York

ISBN-13: 9781846034084

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