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J7W1 Shinden Prototype No. 2 plaque at NASM Udvar-Hazy
"The Shinden (Magnificent Lighting) is one of the few experimental aircraft with a canard configuration to fly during World War II. Canard is a French term describing an aircraft with main wing mounted at the rear of the fuselage and a smaller wing mounted at the front.
Capt. Masaoki Tsuruno of the Japanese Navy Technical Staff proposed the idea of a canard fighter powered by a jet engine. Only two prototypes were completed, both powered by piston engines turning pusher propellers. Tsuruno completed several short flights in the first prototype before the war ended. The second prototype never flew. Its fuselage is displayed here without the wings and pusher engine and propeller. Transfered from the U. S. Air Force."
Credit: Pacific Wrecks Date: August 11, 2016

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