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Arawasi contest #9
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Tachikawa Ki-54 "Hickory" 一式双発高等練習機
A vintage photo from a September 1944 magazine.
"Wild Eagles reading letters from home under the wing of their beloved plane".
Actually we are not 100% sure about the type of the aircraft. We believe it's a "Hickory", possibly Ki-54Hei transport, with the wheel covers removed. The landing gear of the Ki-54 is very similar with the one Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily" had but the lack of cowling gills points to a Ki-54. Feel free to send us your thoughts.