Japanese Prototypes of World War Two…Image #3: Yokosuka R2Y Keiun
The R2Y Keiun (Beautiful Cloud) was a prototype developed for the role of reconnaissance fighter, with its powerplant being two Aichi engines coupled to a single propeller. Only 2 were completed, with the sole airworthy aircraft destroyed in May 1945 by an American bombing raid.
Japanese Prototypes of World War Two…Image #2: Kyushi J7W Shinden
A unique canard/pusher configured interceptor, the Shinden was designated as a major type to be acquired by the Imperial Japanese Navy. With its development not fully underway until after June 1944, only 2 examples were completed and two test flights undertaken in August 1945. The Shinden was also suitable for potential adaptation to a gas turbine engine, as per the Swedish Saab J-21/21R.
Japanese Prototypes of World War Two…Image #1: Mitsubishi A7M Reppu
The Reppu (or Sam as per its Allied designation) was a proposed successor to the A6M. However the proposed fighter’s development was stalled by performance issues followed by factory damage incurred from earthquakes and American bombing. Only 8 A7Ms were completed.
Cope North 2013 Exercise Photos…Image #3: A trio of fighters…from left to right, a JASDF Mitsubishi F.2, a JASDF McDonnell Douglas F-15, a RAAF F/A-18 Hornet
Cope North 2013 Exercise Photos…Image #2: JASDF Mitsubishi F.2 fighters about to take off from Anderson AFB Guam
The Douglas DB-7 Boston/A-20 Havoc: Image No.4…a captured ex-USAAF Douglas Havoc under evaluation by the Japanese IJAAF
Nakajima Warplanes…Image #3: the Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi (Sabre)
Also known as the Tota or Wisteria Blossom the Ki-115 was a suicide aircraft designed to use non-strategic construction materials. It failed to serve in active kamikaze sorties before war’s end
Nakajima Warplanes…Image #2: the Nakajima J1N1 Gekko (Irving)
This photo shows an example of the Gekko, Japan’s most effective night fighter, with minimal damage nosed-in.
Nakajima warplanes…Image #1: the Nakajima NC Type 91
The Type 91 was a parasol fighter developed and flown during the 1930s as part of the IJAAF’s inventory
The second captured warplane image is that of two Mitsubishi A6M Zeros, impressed into RAF service after the end of the South East Asian campaign in Malaya and Singapore, 1945.
Final JSDAF photo for today…a pair of McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Phantom II fighters in Japanese Self Defense Air Force service
First photo for today’s JSDAF series…a formation of 3 Lockheed/Kawasaki P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft
WWII Wednesday Picture #3…some Yokosuka P1Y Gingas in partial assembly
Flight of three Kawasaki C-1 transports of the JSDAF: Transport Thursday Image #1
Flight line of Mitsubishi Ki-1 bombers, 1935 (based on the Junkers S36)