Aviation Photo #2635187 Kawanishi N1K2-Ja Shiden Kai (George) - Japan - Navy

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About 1,500 of various George models were produced. In combat over Taiwan, the Philippines, Okinawa, and the Japanese home islands, Shiden pilots acquitted themselves well but this excellent fighter appeared too late and in too few numbers to have any effect on Japan's fortunes in the air war. This example on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center is one of only four still extant and wears the colours and markings of the 343rd Kokutai based at Omura in 1945.
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    Alastair T. Gardiner
    Japan - Navy
    Kawanishi N1K2-Ja Shiden Kai (George)
    Kawanishi N1K2 Shiden Kai
    Kawanishi N1K2 Shiden Kai
    5341
    343-35
    A
    Washington - Dulles International
    Virginia
    USA
    April 7, 2015
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