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Imperial Japanese Army Flying Schools 1912-1945

Imperial Japanese Army Flying Schools 1912-1945
Autor: Don Marsh, Peter Starkings
Data publikacji: 2011-06-00
ISBN: 9780764337697
Wydawca: Schiffer Publishing
Język: angielski
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 288
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The book details the history of Imperial Japanese Army Flying Schools from 1912 to 1945, covering not only the formation of the schools, but also evolution of the training aircraft and the training of pilots, other aircrew, and ground crew maintenance personnel. Includes numerous photographs, many of which have not been seen before in any English language publication. In addition the wide variety of aircraft types used and the different markings they carried add much colour interest to inspire modellers in a completely new field and are illustrated by some 400 colour art profiles. 

 

Although involvement with aviation began for the Japanese Army in 1909 with the formation of the Rinji Gunyo Kikyu Kenkyukai (Temporary Military Balloon Research Association) jointly by the Army, Navy, and Tokyo Imperial University, the first fighter units weren't set up until 1919, when a French Mission arrived in Japan to advise the Army on aerial matters. Meanwhile the first official domestic flight had been undertaken on the morning of 19 December 1910 when Captain Yoshitoshi Tokugawa flew a Maurice Farman at the Yoyogi Maneuver Grounds in Tokyo. Thereafter the number of pilots and aircraft in the country gradually increased, and following initial associations with the Navy and the University, were mainly operated privately. Aircraft acquired by the Army participated in operations briefly in 1914, during the Tsingtao Operation in China, and again in 1918-1920 during an expedition into Siberia. However, on both occasions their activities were restricted to reconnaissance and some bombing. The French Mission arrived in December, 1918, and as a result of which a variety of aircraft of French manufacture were introduced, and for the first time a specific fighter aircraft became available, separated from the reconnaissance role, and chutais or squadrons were set up for individual purposes, ie, reconnaissance or fighting. By 1925, the Army had established the Army Air Corps (on par with the other branches like infantry and artillery). By the early 1930s, the Army was using nothing but Japanese-designed and -manufactured aircraft. Becuaes of ongoing operations in China, Japanese Army pilots were probably the most capable in the world at the time. However, the Army had decided that the Soviet Union was likely to be its most dangerous future enemy, and new aircraft designs were adjusted to most effectively deal with this threat. As a result, going into World War II, Japanese Army aircraft was less well equipped to deal with fighting in the Pacific than the Navy.

IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY FLYING SCHOOLS, 1912-1945 is a book that details not only the formation of the schools, but also evolution of the training aircraft and the training of pilots, other aircrew, and ground crew maintenance personnel. Packed with numerous photographs (including some that have never been seen before), color illustrations, different types of aircraft and their markings, as well as maps, the location of the schools, ranks, organization, and designations of their aircraft, this book will become the indispensable reference for the serious student of World War II and military aviation historian.



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