P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar

China 1944–45

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P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar

China 1944–45

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Known for the distinctive 'sharkmouth' decoration on their noses, P-40 fighters first saw combat in China during World War II. Their most common adversary was the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43, nicknamed 'Oscar.' Carl Molesworth describes and explains the design and development of these two foes, the products of two vastly different philosophies of fighter design. The P-40 was heavily armed and sturdy with armour protection and self-sealing fuel tanks, but paid for this with the loss of speed and a sluggish performance at altitude. The Ki-43 was a rapier to the battleaxe P-40 and the Ki-43 was immensely nimble, though with less firepower and durability. This book examines these two different fighters, and the pilots who flew them over China, with an action-packed text, rare photographs and digital artwork.

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Published 05 Mar 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781846032950
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 31 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 8
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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