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This book has been written to 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 WWII in Europe, under the guidance of the Imperial Japanese Army and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co Ltd. The Mitsubishi Ki-15, code-named Babs by the Allies, 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, walk-around photographs of preserved aircraft, illustrations from contemporary manuals, and original colour artwork.
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