Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Monday, 3 February 2014

Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily"

Today we feature a series of stills from a short movie showing how the bombardier/nose machine-gunner of a Type 99 Twin-engined Light Bomber or Kawasaki Ki-48 "Lily" was climbing into his position when in emergency.
The usual way was to climb on the wing and then through the cockpit. Note the Type 98 flexible machine gun of 7.9mm, a copy produced under licence of the German MG15, and the "vane" sight which was not usually attached to front line combat aircraft. So this is probably a "Lily" belonging to a training school like Hokota. 

























3 comments:

Panagiotis said...

Grrrrrrrrrrrreat info George! I'll use it as reference for my incoming Ki-48 project!

Anonymous said...

Just like getting into a B-17!

Jacob Terlouw said...

Brilliant how that guy swings himself in the plane.
I guess getting out the same way was not that easy.
It's a very interesting photographic documentary.
Thanks for showing.

Jacob Terlouw