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  Ki-61-II Kai Tony Manufacture Number 61217 Tail 17
244th Sentai

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Tom Burchill 1999

Aircraft History
Built by Kawasaki in September 1944. Armament "Hei" configuration: 2 x 12.7mm machine guns in the nose; 2 x 20mm Mauser cannons in the wings. Delivered to the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Assigned to the 244th Sentai with tail number 17.

Wartime History
Severed in three marking patterns during the war. At the end of the war it was surrendered at Yokota Airfield. It was not scrapped by American occuping forces.

Displayed at the Yokota Air Base until the at least 1969.

Al Nord recalls:
"I saw this Ki-61 sometime in 1969 while I was stationed with the 56th Weather Recon Squadron at Yokota AB Japan. The number 17 is painted on both landing gear doors. Also the upper left side air inlet scoop is a different shape then any of the drawings or paintings of the KI-61's that I have seen. The bottom air scoop is also shaped different. I remember the plane was painted an off white, and #17 on the wheels."

Museum Display
Later, the aircraft was moved to the Chairan Kamikaze Museum. Some report this aircraft as a 'replica', but this is untrue.

Note, this Ki-61's manufacture number is sometimes listed as 5070 or 5071
Production figures of the Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony by Jim Long
J-Aircraft "The Many Faces of Tony 5017 by Don Marsh and Jim Long

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Last Updated
December 9, 2018


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