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The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum's preserved Nakajima KI-43 Hayabusa/Oscar in the hanger at Paine Field in Evrett, WA. Taken with my Nikon D7200. The Hayabusa, often identified as the Oscar by the American and British fighter pilots, was the mainstay fighter of the Japanese millitary during WWII. It's radial engine made it light and easy to fly and it became legendary for it's combat performance in East Asia in the early years of the war. American pilots often misidentified it as the Mitsubishi A6M Zero because of it's similar design and appearance to the Zero. The Hayabusa was of course less advanced and inferior to the Zero having lighter armour, less speed, and less than effective self sealing fuel tanks. Nevertheless, it continued to serve the Japanese air force and navy until the end of the war in 1945. This particular Hayabusa is a recovered wreck. She was found in the jungle near an airfield on Rabaul. She had suffered severe engine and propeller damage from a crash landing but was in a state of repair before the airfield was abandoned. She was then shipped to Australia and went through the hands of many private owners. The aircraft was purchased by the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in 1999. She has been restored to airworthy condition however the museum rarely flies her as she is actually the last type IB Oscar in existence.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
nice one
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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! 
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome
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Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D7200
Shutter Speed
10/2000 second
Aperture
F/5.0
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Aug 26, 2017, 2:10:19 PM
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