Thursday, 4 October 2012

Tachikawa Ki-54 "Hickory" - 一式双発高等練習機

A set of Tachikawa Ki-54 photos today.

Under construction 

Ki-54Ko

A Ki-54Otsu belonging to the Mito Rikugun Hiko Gakko (IJAAF Aviation School). A Kawasaki Ki-32 "Mary" in the background. All previous photos from vintage publications.

A Ki-54Ko of an unknown unit found after the end of the War in Itazuke airfield. "Itazuke" is another name of the Fukuoka airport. NARA

1 comment:

D. Chouinard said...

For some reason, I really like this aircraft, just basic good looks. Looking at the second photo down, I wonder if the engines are direct drive instead of geared, the front of the crank case looks rather flat?