Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" (Oscar)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Aviation Pageant

On June 5, 1937 an "Aviation Pageant" took place in Tokyo's Haneda airfield.
No less than 21 Type 95-3 Trainers or Tachikawa Ki-17s flew overhead forming in katakana "トーコーロ” (TO-KO-RO), the first "letters of the Tokorozawa Aviation School they belonged to.  
 
On the airfield a wonderful variation of civilian and military aircraft types as well as gliders were shown in front of the ecstatic crowd. In the foreground four Ki-17s can be seen lined up with most interesting tail markings consisting of hinomaru and different lines in red and white. In front of them from left to right is a Mitsubishi "Hinazuru" (Airspeed Envoy) registered J-BAOS belonging to Dai Nippon Koku (Great Japan Airlines); three different gliders, one primer, one secondary and one soarer; "Kamikaze" the famous Mitsubishi "Karigane" registered J-BAAI belonging to Asahi Shimbun; next is a Mitsubishi Type "Hato" based on the Army Type 92 Reconnaissance or Mitsubishi 2MR8 registered J-AARA (check HERE); a Nippi NH-1 "Hibari", the Japanese produced Pou-du-Ciel, of unknown registry; and in the background is another civilian Mitsubishi "Karigane" but although the register is not entirely clear it could be "Asakaze", J-BAAL.
Both photos are from a vintage publication.
 

1 comment:

Luciano Gianfilippi said...

Osaka 9-9-2015

The Nippi or Nippon Hikoki NH-1 Hibari received these registrations:
J-BAFA / J-BAFB / J-BAFC / J-BAFD / J-BAFE / J-BAFF / J-BAFG / J-BAFH / J-BAFI
J-BAFL / J-BAFN / J-BAFP / J-BAFQ / J-BAGE /
Warning: during the years from 1918 to 1945 sometimes the registration code
for non military airplanes were given to more aircrafts, one after another
A useful list of Japan air registry is on the web at:
www.airhistory.org.uk

Luciano Gianfilippi (Daniel49)