Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Nakajima E4N2 - 九〇式二号水上偵察機

The Navy Type 90-2-2 Reconnaissance Seaplane (E4N2) was a modified version of the Vought O2U Corsair; a type Japan had acquired the manufacturing rights of.
In this cover of the January 27, 1937 issue of "Asahi Graph" E4N2s belonging to the Kasumigaura Kokutai are flying in formation during the first massive flight of the year. More than one hundred seaplanes and carrier aircraft took to the skies and flew once around lake Kasumigaura, very close to Mt Tsukuba. The photo was taken by Asahi cameraman Shigeta from a Puss Moth flown by pilot Komata on January 9.

昭和12年1月9日、霞ヶ浦航空隊の年頭総飛行が行われた。
艦上・水上両機合わせて百数十機が参加し、霞ヶ浦の湖水を一周、筑波の山嶺をかすめて飛行場への見事な大編隊飛行。
90式2号水上偵察機はアメリカから研究機として輸入したボートO2Uコルセア水上観測機の製造権を得て、中島ジュピター発動機つきで国産化したもの。
この写真は、朝日新聞社の繁田写真部員が小俣飛行士の操縦するプスモス機に乗り撮影したもの。

1 comment:

Harold K said...

As far as I know this type did not serve in the Pacific War (but perhaps as a trainer?)
Did the E4N see combat in China?