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Wings for the Rising Sun

A Transnational History of Japanese Aviation

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$32.00 • £25.95 • €29.00

ISBN 9780674244429

Publication Date: 01/07/2020


372 pages

6 x 9 inches

29 photos, 10 color photos, 5 illus., 1 map, 4 tables

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  • List of Maps, Figures, and Tables*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Note on Sources
  • Introduction: A New Perspective on Japanese Aviation History
      • Technology: Transnational Transfer and National Diffusion
      • Mobilizing the Public
      • Aircraft and Statecraft: Aerial Armament and International Diplomacy
  • I. Early Japanese Aviation, 1877–1918
    • 1. Powerful Images and Grand Visions
      • Early Gas Balloons: Low Tech, High Risk
      • Japan’s First Balloon Launch
      • Balloon Fever Grips Japan
      • Balloons in the Russo–Japanese War and a Technological Dead-End
      • Two Reports about Western Aviation
      • The Road to Japan’s First Motorized Flight
      • Conclusion
    • 2. The French Decade
      • The Flying Baron Shigeno
      • The Qingdao Air War: Brief Encounters and a Lasting Myth
      • A Technocrat Shapes His Vision: Kusakari Shirō
      • Inoue Ikutarō: The Army Air Force’s Mastermind
      • The French Aeronautical Mission to Japan
      • Reconsidering the Exclusive Devotion to French Aviation
      • Conclusion
  • II. Germany and Japan’s Army Aviation, 1918–37
    • 3. Japan’s Army Aviation in the Wake of World War I
      • Early German Influence, 1919–25
      • The Army’s Struggle over a New Air Doctrine
      • Squaring the Circle: Disarmament and Airpower Buildup
      • Visions of Internationalism and National Prestige: The “Visit Europe Flight”
      • Conclusion
    • 4. On the Way to Independent Aircraft Design
      • Industrialists, Engineers, and Teachers
      • German Airliners into Japanese Bombers: Junkers in Japan
      • The Army’s New Aircraft and the Manchurian Crisis
      • Conclusion
  • III. Britain, Germany, and Japan’s Naval Aviation, 1912–37
    • 5. Navigating a Sea of Change
      • Japanese Observers in Britain during World War I
      • An Early Compromise: Ship-Based Floatplanes
      • A New Launching Technology
      • Redefining Naval Airpower: The Early Years of Carrier-Based Aircraft
      • The Arrival of the First British Aeronautical Engineers in Japan
      • The British Aviation Mission to Japan
      • Conclusion
    • 6. Japan’s Naval Aviation Taking the Lead
      • Toward an Autonomous Airpower: Large, All-Metal Flying Boats
      • The Next Generation of Japanese Aircraft Carriers
      • A Second Generation of Carrier Planes
      • A New Role for Carrier Aircraft: Preemptive Air Strikes
      • Britain’s Waning Influence and a Fateful Legacy
      • Conclusion
  • IV. Toward Pearl Harbor and Beyond, 1937–45
    • 7. US Know-How for Japanese Aircraft Makers
      • Late Japanese Interest in US Aviation
      • US Aviation Technology Comes to Japan
      • A Craving for US Machine Tools
      • Know Your Enemy: US Assessments of Japanese Airpower
      • Japanese Perceptions of the US Aviation Industry
      • Conclusion
    • 8. Jet and Rocket Technology for Japan’s Decisive Battle
      • Early Japanese Experiments
      • German Technology to Japan
      • Japan’s First Rocket Aircraft
      • One More Miracle Weapon: Jet Airplanes
      • The Maiden Flight of the Shūsui
      • The Kikka’s Maiden Flight
      • Suicidal Cherry Blossoms: The Ōka Attack Aircraft
      • Conclusion
  • Epilogue
      • Technology Transfer: Causes, Conduits, and Consequences
      • The Media and the Public: Anxieties, Exhilaration, and Fervent Nationalism
      • International Relations: From Cooperation to Alienation and Conflict
      • Transwar Continuities and Postwar Disruptions: Japanese Aviation after 1945
      • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Map, Figures, and Tables
    • Map
      • Japan: major airfields and arsenals
    • Figures
      • 1.1. Japan’s first balloon launch at the Ministry of the Navy’s Tsukiji parade grounds
      • 1.2. Shimazu Genzō’s balloon launch
      • 1.3. The Yamada Airship no. 2
      • 1.4. Student pilot Tokugawa Yoshitoshi in a Farman biplane
      • 1.5. Japan’s first pilots
      • 1.6. Young Tarō in his Farman biplane bombing the enemy
      • 2.1. A Japanese aircraft made in France: Shigeno’s Wakadori
      • 2.2. The navy’s Type Mo large seaplane
      • 2.3. The “Aviator of Qingdao”: Gunther Plüschow in his Taube monoplane
      • 2.4. Kusakari’s sketches illustrating the new concept of three-dimensional warfare
      • 2.5. A triumphal arch saluting Faure and his officers at Gifu Station
      • 2.6. An early flight simulator at Kakamigahara
      • 3.1. The title page of Asahi’s Memorial Picture Report on the “visit Europe flight”
      • 3.2. The “Great Visit Europe Flight” as a board game
      • 4.1. Building the Do N: a look at Kawasaki’s shop floor
      • 4.2. The Kawasaki Type 87 bomber
      • 4.3. Baumann’s 1927 Tobi reconnaissance aircraft that became known as the “praying mantis”
      • 4.4. The Dornier-Kawasaki team
      • 4.5. The proposed bombing run from Taiwan to the US bases at Manila
      • 4.6. A large group of army officials proudly posing in front of the Superheavy Bomber
      • 5.1. The made-in-Japan version of Heinkel’s Hansa Brandenburg W 29
      • 5.2. The successful launch of Heinkel’s floatplane from a gun turret
      • 5.3. Sir William Francis Forbes-Sempill, the leader of the British Aviation Mission
      • 6.1. A workman holding a large duralumin spar
      • 6.2. The Mitsubishi Type R flying boat
      • 6.3. The Nippon Kōkū airline’s Kawanishi K-7A seaplane
      • 7.1. Japan Air Transport’s “Super Express in the Sky”
      • 7.2. “DC-4 Off for Japan”
      • 7.3. Pratt & Whitney’s engine plant and Mitsubishi’s Daikō plant
      • 7.4. Asahi’s record-breaking Kamikaze aircraft
      • 7.5. High-tech made in Japan: the long-range research airplane Kōkenki
      • 7.6. A map of the Nippon’s 52,860-kilometer around-the-world trip
      • 7.7. Front page of one of the Japanese Files Research Project reports
      • 8.1. A functional diagram of the TR-10, Japan’s first turbojet engine
      • 8.2. The BMW 003 jet engine: schematic and blueprint
      • 8.3. A functional diagram of the Ne-20, the engine that powered Japan’s first jet fighter
      • 8.4. The Shūsui rocket interceptor shortly before takeoff
      • 8.5. The Kikka jet aircraft preparing for takeoff
      • 8.6. The Kikka during takeoff run
      • 8.7. An Ōka suicide attacker
      • E.1. A once-proud air fleet crammed in a scrapyard
      • E.2. The five-ring Olympics symbol painted in the sky over Tokyo on October 10, 1964
    • Tables
      • 4.1. Three generations of Japanese bombers
      • 4.2. Three generations of the Imperial Japanese Army’s aircraft, 1921–35
      • 5.1. A list of the aircraft delivery that arrived with the Sempill mission
      • 7.1. Japan’s annual aircraft production: speculation and facts

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