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I-400 Japan's Secret Aircraft-Carrying Strike Submarine - Objective Panama Canal [Hardcover]

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The I-400 'super submarine' was one of the most monstrous creations to emerge from the Second World War and in its time it was the largest submarine ever built. It was considered to have been one of Japan's most secret weapons - indeed the Allies remained unaware of its existence until it surrendered in late August 1945. At more than 400 ft long, weighing 5,700 tons, carrying a crew of 200 and possessing a range of over 50,000 miles, the I-400 carried three Seiran attack floatplanes in a hangar built on to its deck ahead of the massive conning tower. The Imperial Japanese Navy tasked the I-400 with a secret mission to attack American cities and to destroy the Panama Canal. This book is the result of many years of meticulous research. The authors have traced and interviewed three of the original six pilots slated to fly the Seirans on their hazardous missions. They have revealed - for the first time - the story their aircraft being painted in fake US markings for their final mission.The book contains hundreds of astonishing photographs, many previously unpublished, showing the I-400 from both outside and inside as well as its hangars and aircraft.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.73" Width: 8.43" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   2.07 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 13, 2006
Publisher   Hikoki
ISBN  1902109457  
ISBN13  9781902109459  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! KOJI TAKAKI can remember seeing B-29s and other military aircraft in the skies over Saeki City in Oita Prefecture, East Kyushu, during his primary school years. Taught to speak English when still a student, he has been an avid collector of literature on wartime Japanese military aviation since the late 1950s. Now retired after a long career in the textiles industry, Takaki is working on several book projects with Henry Sakaida. This is his first volume for Osprey.
A third generation Japanese American (Sansei), Henry Sakaida has spent much of his life researching the shadowy history of the Japanese fighter pilot. His eye for detail and exhaustive research has led to him being given access to much archive material by former aces who have remained silent since the end of the war.

Henry Sakaida was born in 1951.

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I 400 SUBMARINE  Oct 17, 2007
I-400  Aug 23, 2007
I purchased this book to have a reference for the Tamiya 1/350 scale I-400 scale model. I was not disappointed. The book gives a detailed history of the development and operations of this unique submarine. Many photos of the hangar bay, plus the details of the Seiran aircraft, including markings, etc. are very detailed and well executed. There are also many detail shots of major features, like conning tower, radar, snorkle, etc. The photos of the boat in dry-dock in Pearl Harbor are invaluable for a modeler. I found the personal interviews with the surviving Japanese members of the crew to be especially interesting. Highly recommended.
I-400 JAPANESE SUBMARINE  Jul 21, 2007
I have been researching WWII submarines for over 20 years and found this book to be one of the best on this subject. Very little was known about Japanese aircraft-carrying subs and this book gives detailed information. It is very readable and the photos are excellent. I highly recommend this book to any reader who wants to learn more about this fascinating sub.
Who Needs Torpedos?  Feb 8, 2007
What a fantastic book. So interesting I could not put it down.Mr. Nila and Mr. Sakaida do an excellent job shedding light on a little known piece of Pacific War history. This machine is absolutly incredible, especially given the time period in which it was created. I-400 was totally innavative, and way ahead of its time. It is too bad that we had to destroy she and her sister ships. This is the stuff movies are made from!
GREAT book. I highly recommend this to the historian as well as the finescale modeler.
Where are schematics?  Nov 4, 2006
Very disappointed that there is no schematic cross section. Aside from that, the photos are quite good. With addition of schematics and additional interior photos, I would rate this a '5'.

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