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  J7W1 Shinden   Prototype No. 2

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USN c1945

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Aircraft History
Designed and built by Kyushu Hikoki K. K as the second prototype built between April to August 1945. Assigned to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

Wartime History
This Shinden was never test flown. At the end of the Pacific War, this aircraft was surrendered in Japan. This aircraft was inspected by U. S. Navy (USN) intelligence, disassembled and loaded aboard USS Barnes CVE-20 with other captured aircraft and departed Japan on November 3, 1945 bound the United States.

In the United States, the Shinden was reassembled but never test flown. During 1960, this aircraft was transfered from the U. S. Air Force (USAF) to the Smithsonian Institution and to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) as inventory Number: A19600333000. During the middle 1960s until 2016, stored at NASM Garber Facility.

During 2016, placed on display at the NASM Udvar-Hazy Center as part of the World War II aviation exhibit. Also, other "'miscellaneous parts" from this aircraft remain in storage at NASM Garber Facility.

National Air and Space Museum (NASM) - Kyushu J7W1 Shinden (Magnificent Lightning)

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May 22, 2017


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