Summer Trip to Japan: Yasukuni Shrine --- Dai Tō-A Sensō (The Great East Asia War) Exibition
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Indeed a beauty and an awesome sight.
As a nod towards the OPs avatar, its too bad that Japen doesnt have a Kyūshū J7W1 Shinden in a museum, that would have been something.
A spectacular plane, very advanced and one of my favourites.
The name alone - Magnificent Lightning! I hope the sole surviving example will be restored and put on display.
Totally agree with you Scout-san!
Shinden is my top 3 favorite Japanese aircraft.
Me too, would like to see a fully restored Shinden.
Yup! Yup! Yup!
I hear ya, we both have the same taste.
Would like to see that beauty some day. Have you ever heard of a Japanese comic "Shidenkai No Taka"?
It got the same pronunciation as my first name.
By the way, my favorite IJA aircraft is Ki-45 Toryu "Nick".
We do indeed!
Nope, never until now heard about the comic - but it certainly looks interesting in regards to the subject at hand.
The 'Dragon Slayer' (talk about a great name!)/Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu is also a beautiful plane.
Funny coincidence, that you mention it; I was just going over my pics from one of my trips and then and now find the plane interesting and beautiful. Was just reading about it in fact.
Here a pic, that I snapped in the Smithsonian/Udvar-Hazy of the last remaining Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu in the world.
Its seen next to the sole remaining and restored Aichi M6A Seiran, which has an absolutely fascinating history and which is also a beutiful and elegant plane (to me).
I find the Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu not only a good looking plane, but also interesting as it in some version was armed with twin obliquely-firing 20 mm Ho-5 cannons behind the cockpit to be used against bomber streams.
The Germans used this form of armament called 'Schräge Musik' (Jazz) to great effect slipping up under bombers at night on the hugely effective 'Wilde Sau' missions.
So many planes were lost at an alarming rate and the Allies had no clue as to what happened until late in the War.
Lost planes were early on blamed on ground fire. Often bomber crews would never even themselves know, what had downed the planes or they would only find out when being fired upon and then it would be too late. A highly effective weapon over Europe and so used, that it was only after the War, that Allied forces found out to what extent the Schräge Musik missions had picked the bombers out of the night sky
A Toryu was used to mortally wound the USS Dickerson in '45 off Okinawa. The planes rammed the ship and she was later scuttled.
The Ki-45 also known as "B-29 Killer", I am reading a book that was written by a famous Toryu Pilot - Kashide Isamu.
Wish he is in a complete form, but what can I say to a last specimen. It also reminds me of Bf-110 G or He-219 Uhu (My favorite Luftwaffe Nacht Jäger)when you mention the "Jazz Music".
Speaking of Seiran, the famous Tamiya plastic model company' s boss likes the Seiran so much that he pay for the restoration fee! Another rear bird.
Speaking of the 'UHU' - on one of my trips to the Udvar-Hazy, I noticed a German plane having several (5-7) persons all clad in white protective coveralls and white gloves all over the plane recording every part of the plane in minute detail inside and out with cutting edge cameras.
A curator was standing nearby. I asked him, what was going on and we struck up a lengthy conversation.
As it happened, the curator was one of the head honchos of the Smithsonian and he told me, amongst other interesting plane info, that the gentlemen were from a Japanese modellers magazine and were recording the plane for the magazine.
It not only struck me, how dedicated and careful they were, but also from the fact that they were actually crawling in and on the plane, that the plane modelling industry (magazines and scale plane manufacturers) are taken very seriously and that their word must carry quite some weight, when they are allowed to actually be all over - literally - the last remaining example of a German Heinkel He 219 Uhu!!
The UHU is also a favourite of mine as is the Dorner 'PFEIL.'
You might find this interesting - I know I found the site absolutely fascinating:
Walkarounds of Japanese planes - amongst them the Shinden....and the Toryu
Toryu - Mike Swinburne
Photos of the NASM "Nick" Cockpit
Toryu - Tim Hortman
Tim Hortman's Garber Ki-45Kai
Shinden - Tim Hortman
Tim Hortman's Garber J7W1
Shinden - Ted Bradstreet
Ted Bradstreet's J7W1 Contribution
Shinden - Scott Hackney
Main page - lots of interesting planes here! MItsubishi/Nakajimas, Kawanishis et al.
Walkarounds (Real Japanese Aircraft Photos)
Those are neat photos, I haven't visit that site for a long time!
Thank you for posting them.
Before a military collector, I was a plastic model "collector". My favorite scale is 1/72 because you can compare different planes with this scale and they are easy to built.
I learned lots of warbirds through modeling, and reading books about them, great times. Was a "Warbird Maniac" at that time, lol.
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