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Ki-27 Nate Aces (Aircraft of the Aces) [Paperback]

Nicholas Millman
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13 Aug 2013 Aircraft of the Aces (Book 103)
The Ki-27 achieved its first successes during the so-called 'China Incident'. These were the glory days for the JAAF and many of the successful 97 Sen pilots went on to become the outstanding leaders and veteran aces of the Pacific War. Initially facing more modern Allied types of fighter, the 97 Sen was more than able to hold its own by exploiting its outstanding aerobatic qualities. But the writing was on the wall for unarmoured aircraft as the Allies consolidated and began their fight back. By 1943 it was considered obsolete but was still being encountered in combat by Allied pilots, especially in the air defence role. The Ki-27 also found an important secondary role as an armed fighter trainer, equipping an important number of training units and flying schools, but was essentially retired from combat. This book tells the complete story of this special aircraft and its part in Japanese military history.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (13 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849086621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849086622
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book by Nicholas Millman is hard to put down. […]Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in this aircraft, its influence on aerial combat during the early years of the Pacific War, and the stories of the pilots who achieved Ace status while flying this outstanding little fighter. --Ipms/USA

Ki-27 'Nate' Aces is an excellent book for modelers, historians and enthusiasts of the Nakajima Ki-27, its pilots, IJAAF, early Asia air war and the early Pacific air war. I heartily recommend it! --armorama.kitmaker.net

The type and its pilots are not well-known in the west so this is a welcome volume. --Air Classics

About the Author

Nicholas Millman is one of Britain's leading researchers of Japanese military aviation. In addition to publishing articles in specialist journals and supporting the research of other authors, he runs his own website dedicated to the subject which attracts visitors from 111 countries. He is a member of Pacific Air War History Associates, an international group of authors and researchers working in this field. Having spent much of his working life in the Far East he has an abiding interest in the history of military aviation in this part of the world, and first hand knowledge of the geography, languages and people. Ronnie Olsthoorn was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he studied aeronautical engineering. After graduating he chose to become a professional artist and soon moved to the UK. Currently a freelancer, Ronnie has created artwork for 15 computer games and even more aviation books. His work has also appeared in forensic air crash visualisations and numerous aviation and digital arts magazines.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 20 Nov 2013
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Good read - plenty of information on a subject not usually written about - would recommend to any others who are interested in this subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring unfamiliar lines 27 Oct 2013
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Once again, Osprey unveils unknown (or at least not so well known) fascinating parts of air war history. The Deadly fight over China a few years before word war II is one, and this volume about the graceful Ki 27 aces offers us such opportunity. Stongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful profiles and history of the Nate. 24 Sep 2013
By Charles Duckworth - Published on Amazon.com
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The color profiles are alone worth the price of this book. History of the aircraft and the early Japanese aces is well written. Good photographic coverage as well. I you are looking to add another Japanese Osprey book to your library this one will not disappoint you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 2 Oct 2013
By Adventure57 - Published on Amazon.com
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Prior to Osprey's series of historical aircraft and aces books it was so hard to find good affordable books on Japanese aircraft and the men who flew and crewed them.
This book will be of interest to many like myself who have always had an interest in Japanese aircraft and operations. Especially in the days just prior to WWII in China and in the early days of the war on the Asian mainland.
The writing is clear..with an excellent balance of technical details and biographies of the aces and pilots. Many historical photos are combined with beautifully drawn scale views of this aircraft.
I would highly recommended this book for anyone who wants a good read on an historical..but often overlooked area of aviation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ki-27: Dogfighter Supreme! 24 July 2014
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
I've purchased hundreds of Osprey titles over the years. I've enjoyed 'em all, especially those that spotlight little-known aviation history and/or aircraft. Case in point: Nicholas Millman's KI-27 'NATE' ACES. This fascinating OSPREY AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES volume - #103 in the series - presents a wide-ranging and eye-opening summary of Nakajima's nimble dogfighter.

Aside from vague knowledge that the Ki-27 tangled with AVG P-40s, I had little knowledge of Nate combat ops. In fact, the a/c saw combat from 1938 to 1945, fighting against Chinese, Russian, American, British and Dutch opponents ranging from I-16s to B-29s! Amazingly enough, this low-wing, fixed-gear dogfighter armed only with two pop-gun 7.7 mm MGs made up the JAAF's main fighter component during the 1941-42 air offensive against the British and Americans in Southeast Asia. And it scored the first aerial victory of the Pacific War! Later relegated to trainer use, it nevertheless was used to intercept B-29 formations; talk about David and Goliath!

Millman does a marvelous job of detailing the various missions and combats flown by ace pilots such as Shinohara, Saito, Hanada, Ito and others who flew with the 11th, 24th, 50th, 77th, 64th and other Sentais. One of the book's other revelations was the incredible overclaiming made by Nate pilots. In this respect, Millman does a fine job of comparing claims versus actual losses.

Many rare photographs of pilots and a/c are included in the book along with superb color profiles by Ronnie Olsthoorn, who seems to be a new addition to Osprey's stable of artists..

So, for many reasons, Nicholas Millman's KI-27 'NATE' ACES is a great addition to the Osprey line. In revealing the combat life and times of the Ki-27, it provides an exciting, balanced tribute to Nakajima's long-serving fighter. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better 7 July 2014
By Jeff H. Del Mastro - Published on Amazon.com
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waited a year , book in my collection now makes 150. But information is still a mass of reboxed from the other Japanese Army Ace book. Could do better Osprey
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