Mitsubishi Babs Vol. 1

The world's first high-speed strategic reconnaissance aircraft

Giuseppe Picarella

The Mitsubishi Babs was developed during a brief Japanese, golden aeronautical era.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
MMPBooks
Contributor(s) :
Giuseppe Picarella
Illustration :
photos, color profiles, scale drawings
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9788366549739
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 11.8 X 8.2 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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Overview
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This book was written to redress this imbalance and tell the true story behind the development and operational deployment of the world’s first high-speed strategic reconnaissance aircraft, which began 6,000 miles further east and four years prior to the momentous events in Europe, under the guidance of the Imperial Japanese Army and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co Ltd. Faced with similar preconceptions, technical arguments, and a very rigid operational doctrine, the Mitsubishi Babs was developed during a brief golden aeronautical period (between the mid 1930s and early 1940s), when the Japanese aircraft industry flourished under constant military aircraft competitions and production orders. Free from prying eyes and shrouded within a self-imposed veil of secrecy, the Japanese developed numerous designs that were equal to and in some cases ahead of contemporary Western manufacturers.

This book is the most comprehensive on the “Babs” yet published in English, with numerous photographs of the aircraft in service, several of which have never been published before, walkaround photographs of the preserved aircraft, illustrations from contemporary manuals, and color artwork.

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