Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 30

Secret Japanese Aircraft of WWII

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 16, 2005 on The History Channel
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Secret Japanese Aircraft of WWII
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In the 1930s, Japanese designers created a range of warplanes, culminating in the legendary Ki-43 Oscar and the A6M Zero. As the war turned against Japan, designers created the rocket-powered Shusui, the Kikka jet fighter, and the experimental R2Y Keiun. We also disclose frantic preparations to assemble a secret airforce of jet and rocket planes to counter an anticipated US invasion in1945, and chronicle post-war aviation and the birth of the Japanese rocket program in the 1950s and '60s.moreless

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