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Mitsubishi Zero

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The Mitsubishi Zero is one of the great legendary fighter aircraft ever to have graced the skies. Symbolic of the might of Imperial Japan, she represented a peak of developmental prowess in the field of aviation during the early years of the Second World War. Engineered with manoeuvrability in mind, this light-weight, stripped-back aircraft had a performance that left her opponents totally outclassed. The dogfights she engaged in with the Chinese, British, Dutch and American warplanes in the 1941-42 period are the stuff of aviation legend. The Zero fighter had four major assets - agility, long-range, experienced and war-blooded pilots and, most importantly of all, a total inability of the Allies, particularly in the Pacific Theatre of operations, to believe that Japan could produce such a machine. Despite a whole series of eyewitness reports from China, where she had swept the skies clean of all opposition, western minds were closed, and remained so until the brutal facts imposed themselves on their biased mindsets. All aircraft designs are a compromise of course, and the Zero had faults as well as strengths, two of which were to finally doom her; one was her lack of armour protection and the other was the inability of the Japanese to match the overwhelming production strength and innovation of Allied aircraft construction. Even so, she remained a potent threat until the end of the war, not least in her final role, that of a Kamikaze aircraft, in which she created as much havoc on the sea as she had done earlier in the air. Peter C. Smith takes the reader on a journey from inspired inception to the blazing termination of this unique aircraft, the first Naval fighter to be superior to land-based aircraft. It describes in detail the many victories that punctuated the early days of its operational career as well as the desperate dying days of the Second World War which witnessed her final demise. Smith also lists the preserved Zero aircraft on display today. This is a fast-paced and fascinating history of a fighter aircraft like no other. AUTHOR: Peter Smith is one of Britain's most accomplished authors in all things maritime. He is the author of a host of specialist titles for Pen and Sword, including 'Critical Conflict: The Royal Navy's Mediterranean Campaign in 1940', 'Offshore Ferry Services of England and Scotland: A Useful Guide to the Shipping Lines and Routes', 'The Battle-cruiser HMS Renown 1916-48', 'Heritage of the Sea: Famous Preserved Ships around the UK' and 'Cruise Ships: The Small-Scale Fleet'. 16 pages of b/w plates

Product code: 9781781593196

ISBN 9781781593196
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 240
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
An enthralling and detailed history of the Mitsubishi Zero, an aircraft that was both feared and revered during the course of its operational history at the vanguard of Japanese military engineering.