Seafire vs A6M Zero

Pacific Theatre

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Seafire vs A6M Zero

Pacific Theatre

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Products of vastly different design philosophies, the Seafire F III and the A6M Zero were never intended to meet in combat, and never should have. Yet the harsh necessities of war intervened and these two planes were pitted against each other in the last dogfight of World War II, high above the Japanese home lands. The Zero, with its clean design, low weight and high lift, was extremely nimble at low speeds and ideally suited to the job it was intended to do. In contrast, the Spitfire was not designed as a shipboard fighter; it was a short-range interceptor, intended for operations from established airfields and supported by a well stocked infrastructure of spares and qualified maintenance personal. With a different twist on the Duel concept, this book examines these two iconic fighters and their two very different histories; one was 'adapted' for a role it was never intended to carry out, the other was purpose built and proved to be one of the finest fighters of World War II. Using fantastic artwork and intimate first-hand accounts, the author discusses the decline of the Japanese Naval Air Force and its principal fighter, the Zero, in contrast to the British Seafire, as it overcame its critics to become the best pure carrier interceptor of the war and emerge victorious in the last aerial duel of World War II.

Table of Contents

• Introduction • Chronology • Design and Development • The Strategic Situation • Technical Specifications • The Combatants • Combat • Statistics and analysis • Aftermath/conclusion • Bibliography/Further Reading • Glossary

Product details

Published Apr 21 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781846034336
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 55 b/w; 15 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 16
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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