Built by Nakajima as a C6N1-S night fighter variant armed with two oblique-firing 20 mm cannon and crew of two. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to ? Kokutai.
No known markings.
Wartime history unknown. Captured during the occupation of Japan and loaded aboard USS Barnes CVE-20 along with 145 Japanese aircraft and departed on November 3, 1945 bound for the United States for technical evaluation. On December 8, 1945 this aircraft arrived at Langley Field, Virgina.
Transfered from the U. S. Navy to the U. S. Army Air Forces. Overhauled at the air depot at Middletown, Pennsylvania, then flight-tested with tail code '4803'. Details about the test are unknown.
On August 22, 1946, an AAF pilot flew the Saiun to the foreign aircraft storage area at Orchard Place Airport, Park Ridge, Illinois. The Air Force turned over the Myrt and all other assets at Park Ridge to the National Air and Space Museum in 1949. Since then, this aircraft is in deep storage at the NASM Garber Facility.
NASM Myrt Aircraft thanks to Russell Lee for additional information
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January 9, 2018