Captured in Japan, it was one of 145 Japanese aircraft brought to the United States after the war for evaluation.
This aircraft was repainted after the war by the US Navy, including bogus 'kill' markings, and a fake fuselage stencil with '1942' as the manufacture number and 'VP-64' as the unit.
This aircraft was acquired by the Nimitz Museum in component pieces. Basic restoration work was done on the aircraft, and assembly into a complete airframe.
In the middle 2000, this aircraft was placed into offsite storage, due to lack of display space, at the Pacific Combat Zone extension of the museum. The museum does plan to place it on public display in the future.
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January 10, 2019