Aviation Photo #2590303 Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 - Japan - Navy

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Four “Emily” flying-boats of the 167 built for the Imperial Japanese Navy for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, bombing, and transport duities survived until the end of WWII. This one was captured by US forces in 1945 and was evaluated at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD in 1946/47, eventually being returned to Japan in 1979. It was on display at Tokyo's Museum of Maritime Science until 2004, when it was moved to Kanoya. A very special exhibit indeed!
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