Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941

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Naval Institute Press, 2007 - History - 364 pages
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This acclaimed sequel to the Peattie/Evans prizewinning work, Kaigun, illuminates the rise of Japanese naval aviation from its genesis in 1909 to its thunderbolt capability on the eve of the Pacific war. In the process of explaining the navy s essential strengths and weaknesses, the book provides the most detailed account available in English of Japan s naval air campaign over China from 1937 to 1941. A final chapter analyzes the utter destruction of Japanese naval air power by 1944.
  

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This book is an excellent reference work, with compelling documentation, for anyone who reads about the Pacific Air Battles of WW2. However, it is also a very good book to read; with perceptive scope ... Read full review

Contents

Forging the Thunderbolt
129
7 Descending in Flame
168
Appendix 1 Biographical Sketches
203
Glossary of Naval Aviation Terms
221
Generic Organization of Japanese Naval Aviation
223
Naval Aviation Vessels
225
Naval Air Bases and LandBased Air Groups
253
Principal Naval Aircraft
264
Naval Aircraft Designation Systems
302
Principal Naval Aircraft Engines
306
The Hinerikomi Turningin Maneuver
309
Notes
313
Bibliography
343
Index
355
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Mark R. Peattie is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is the author of several books including, Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941.

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