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Japanese Aircraft, 1910-1941 (Putnam Aeronautical Books) Hardcover – October 1, 1990
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Keep in mind -- this book describes the aircraft development and technology that led to the famous Japanese Army and Navy aircraft that were used in WW II. Those airplanes didn't spring from nowhere --they were the result of the airplanes that the Japanese designers and manufacturers developed in the 1920s and 1930s.
Each airplane is provided with a text description of its development and a tabulation of its performance characteristics. The tabulation includes the number of aircraft built of that model. It was somewhat surprising to see now many aircraft models were built in numbers of just one or two or maybe 6 to 20 or so. There is also a brief history of the founding of the many Japanese aircraft companies of the era, many of which didn't make it into the big time of the late 1930s and the WW II 1940s.
This book also includes airplanes and variations that were built under license from foreign companies, such as the American Douglas DC - 2, British Airspeed Envoy, and the German Junkers G - 38 converted into the Ki - 20 bomber design.
Just keep in mind this book does NOT cover the aircraft used by the Japanese during World War II. The book states there are too many aircraft with so many versions they could not be included. It refers the reader to the book "Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War".
Overall it is a nice book to have if you like pre WWII aviation in general, but more specifically Japanese aircraft. If WWII aircraft are your only interest then skip this one and buy the other book mentioned.
Putnam's earlier books (including "Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War"), with their 8-3/4 x 5-3/4 page size, were much better at presenting the data in "encyclopedic" books like this one; the larger page size should be reserved for books with a running narrative. At the very least, the three-column-per-page format should be replaced with one or two columns.
I hope that, if someone puts the Putnams back in print, that they re-format this book, and similar Putnams with encyclopedic listings of aircraft, in the 8-3/4 x 5-3/4 page size, which would make this book much more pleasant to use!