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.
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."
Later, the aircraft was moved to the Chairan
Kamikaze Museum. Some report this aircraft
as a 'replica', but this is untrue.
Thanks to Jim Long for manufacture data.
J-Aircraft "The Many Faces of
Tony 5017 by Don Marsh and Jim Long
Note this aircraft manufacture number has been incorrectly listed as 5070 or 5071.
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January 31, 2018