Arawasi contest #8

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar) & drop tank - 一式戦闘機「隼」と燃料タンク

Although this vintage photo from a September 1944 "Asahi Graph" magazine is admittedly of rather poor quality, I'm sure you'll find it of interest.
The 200l drop tank is prominent in the foreground but what could the other object under the starboard wing be? A 250kg bomb with the fins retouched by the war time sensor or a quite unusual for a Hayabusa "Ta-dan" air-to-air cluster bomb?
What do you think?



Anonymous said...

maybe a type 90 small-size flare as depicted in
E.E.S. #-1 page 19?


Arawasi said...

Good idea, thanks. As I see it, the flares in Eagle Eye#1 are much smaller than the object under the wing. And what an unusual thing for a Hayabusa to carry!