Thursday 28 September 2023

Destroyed IJAAF aircraft - video pt.3

Part #3. Mostly gliders but a few very interesting aircraft types as well.

And the stills.

In the first, we can see some Tachikawa Ki-54 transports of the 105 Kyoiku Hiko Rentai (24 Rensei Hikotai), The rear of a Nakajima Ki-49 "Donryu", the front of a Tachikawa Ki-55 trainer and a quite interesting closeup of the engine machine gun area of a Nakajima Ki-43 "Hayabusa" Model 3.

In this still, apart from the glider in the foreground and the wrecked Tachikawa Ki-9 "Akatonbo" on the right, the most interesting aircraft is hidden in the background. 
This one.

It's the extremely rare Mitsubishi "Hato-gata" (Pigeon-type), only one example of which was ever produced. 

The gliders are all, what the Japanese called, "secondary". I could not identify the type beyond any doubt. Probably "Kirigamine".

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