Saturday 7 December 2019

IJAAF & IJNAF photos & more

This fantastic photo from the "Asahi Shimbun" collection features Type Otsu Model 1 reconnaissance aircraft, the Japanese produced Salmson 2A.2.
The photo was taken in Tokorozawa in September 1921 during the flight from Tokorozawa to Hsinking (present-day Changchun) in Manchuria. 
Note how clearly evident is the hairyokushoku (gray) of the fuselage compared to the metal of the engine cover in the front and the white tail. As has been mentioned before on this blog and will be presented in length in a forthcoming "Eagle Eye", the Japanese Salmson 2A.2 were never painted NMF like the Navy aircraft of that period, as some model kits suggest, but overall hairyokushoku

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