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Periodically displayed at Naval Air Station Alameda, until the U. S. Navy transferred the aircraft to the NASM Paul E. Garber Facility. It arrived in November 1962 but remained outdoors, in storage, for 12 years until in-door display/storage space became available. It is the only Seiran in existence in the world.
No production drawings survive and the team conducted exhaustive researches into how various aircraft systems operated in order accurately reconstruct a number of missing components.
The aircraft revealed the difficult working conditions that plagued the Japanese aviation industry at the end of the war. Quality and workmanship were seriously lacking because of extensive damage to equipment and factories and the lack of skilled, professional workers (many were high school students).
A metal flap bore damage-probably the result of a bombing raid-hastily covered with fabric patches. They found the interior of fuel tanks contaminated with paper documents. Basic fit and alignment of parts was also poor in many places. Technicians found graffiti in various areas on the airframe. Someone, possibly a Japanese student, scratched a complete English alphabet inside one wing panel. Craftsmen were surprised to find no evidence that the pilot could jettison the floats in flight, contrary to claims by the designer. Aichi may have deleted this feature near the end of the M6A1 production run.
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