Wings of the Rising Sun

Wings of the Rising Sun

Uncovering the Secrets of Japanese Fighters and Bombers of World War II

General Aviation
  • Author: Mark Chambers
  • Short code: GNA
  • Publication Date: 29 Nov 2018
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In the Pacific War's early years, Japanese air power was dominant. The only way for the Allies to defeat their enemy was to know it. This made the task of maintaining productive intelligence gathering efforts on Japan imperative. Establishing Technical Air Intelligence Units in the Pacific Theatre and the Technical Air Intelligence Center in Washington DC, the Allies were able to begin to reveal the secrets of Japanese air power through extensive flight testing and evaluation of captured enemy aircraft and equipment. These provided an illuminating perspective on Japanese aircraft and aerial weapon design philosophy and manufacturing practice.

Fully illustrated throughout with a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, Mark Chambers explores Allied efforts to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese air power during the war years, and how this intelligence helped them achieve victory in the Pacific.

Biographical Note

Mark Chambers is an avid World War II aviation enthusiast and aviation history author. He has studied World War II military aviation extensively, with a keen focus on the air war in the Pacific. He is the author of Images of Aviation - Flight Research at NASA Langley Research Center (2007), Images of Aviation - Naval Air Station Patuxent River (2014), Building the Supermarine Spitfire - Speed in the Skies (2016), Engineering Test Pilot - The Exceptional Career of John P. "Jack” Reeder (2007) and From Research to Relevance - Significant Achievements in Aeronautical Research at NASA Langley, 1917-2002 (2002). He works as a government contractor technical editor for the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Contents

Chapter 1
The Allied Technical Air Intelligence Units (TAIU)
- The establishment of TAIU and their bases.

Chapter 2
Flight Testing and Evaluating Captured Japanese World War 2 Fighters
- Flight Testing and Evaluating Koga's Zero-sen
- Flight Testing and Evaluation at NAS San Diego, California
- Flight Testing and Evaluation at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
- Wind-Tunnel Testing and Ground Static Evaluation at NACA Langley, Hampton, Virginia
- Flight Testing and Evaluation at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio
- Allied TAIU South East Asia and RAF
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIU for the South West Pacific Area (TAIU-SWPA) and US Navy
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIC Evaluations

Chapter 3
Flight Testing and Evaluating Captured Japanese Bombers
- TAIU Southwest Asia
- RAF
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIU for the SWPA
- US Navy
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIC Evaluations

Chapter 4
Flight Testing and Evaluating Captured Japanese Seaplanes and Flying Boats
- TAIU Southwest Asia
- RAF
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIU for the SWPA
- US Navy
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIC Evaluations

Chapter 5
Flight Testing and Evaluating Captured Japanese Transports
- TAIU Southweast Asia
- RAF
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIU for the SWPA
- US Navy
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIC Evaluations

Chapter 6
Flight Testing and Evaluating Captured Japanese Turbojet and Rocket-Powered Aircraft
- TAIU Southweast Asia
- RAF
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIU for the SWPA
- US Navy
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIC Evaluations
- US Army
US Navy findings at Japanese aircraft manufacturing facilities and military bases

Chapter 7
Evaluating Japanese Special Weapons
- TAIU Southweast Asia
- RAF
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIU for the SWPA
- US Navy
USAAF Evaluations
- TAIC Evaluations
- Survey of US Intelligence Report findings

Chapter 8
What the Allies Gained from Evaluations of Captured Japanese Aircraft
- Determination of strengths and weaknesses of Japanese aircraft and aerial weapons
- Enabled Allies to develop tactics for combating and defeating Japanese aerial threats
- Provided invaluable insight into Japanese aircraft and aerial weapon design philosophy and manufacturing practices
- Provided a valuable status of the state of Japanese aeronautics technology development and advancement during World War 2

Chapter 9
Where are they Now?
- Japanese aircraft scrapped in US when no longer needed
- Paul Garber (Smithsonian) stored many examples
- Refurbished Japanese aircraft that were once US flight-test subjects
- Refurbished Japanese aircraft that were once Allied flight-test subjects on display in Great Britain

Appendices
- Roster of Japanese captured test aircraft in the United States and abroad, with disposition where known
- List of key American reports and evaluations of Japanese aircraft and aerial weapons technologies.
Index


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