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  C6N1-S Model 11 Myrt Manufacture Number ? Tail 4803
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USAAF c1946

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima sometime between 1943–1945. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as C6N1 Model 11 Saiun / C6N1 Myrt. This aircraft was modified by eliminating the observer position and and installing two 20mm cannons mounted obliquely. The U. S. designated C6N1-S (Schräge Musik configuration).

Wartime History
Assigned to an unknown Kokutai (Air Group). No known markings. At the end of the Pacific War, this aircraft was surrendered to the U. S. forces occupying Japan and was selected for further technical evaluation. Loaded aboard USS Barnes CVE-20 along with 145 Japanese aircraft and departed November 3, 1945 bound for the United States.

Postwar
On December 8, 1945 this aircraft arrived at Langley Field, Virgina. Later, transfered from the U. S. Navy (USN) to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF). This aircraft was overhauled at the Air Depot at Olmsted Field (Olmsted Air Force Base) in Middletown, Pennsylvania for flight testing. Details about any flight test are unknown.

In the United States, assigned tail code 4803 stenciled on both sides of the tail. This aircraft retained the fuselage Hinomaru markings. On the left side of the fuselage below the cockpit was stenciled:

"JAPANESE RECONAISANCE
A.A.F. SERIAL NO. 72-N4803
CREW WT. 600 LBS.
NOT SUITABLE FOR AROMATIC FUEL.
USE [?] OCTANE IF NOT AVAILABLE
GUNS LT TSO. 08-3-1"

Storage
On August 22, 1946, a USAAF pilot flew the Saiun to the foreign aircraft storage area at Orchard Place Airport in Park Ridge, Illinois. During 1949, the U. S. Air Force (USAF) turned over this aircraft and all other foreign aircraft assets at Orchard Place Airport to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) collection.

Afterwards, disassembled and transported to the NASM Garber Facility and placed into storage where it remains to this day disassembled as the fuselage and engine. This aircraft is not currently on public display. This aircraft is the last surviving example of this aircraft in the world.

In the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) collection, the fuselage is NASM inventory number A19600337000. Also in the collection are the removed arm rests NASM inventory number A19600337001 and removed G-Meter / Accelerometer NASM inventory number A19600337007. The radial engine Nakajima Homare 21 (NK9H, Ha45-21 is NASM inventory number A19600337003.

References
NASM Collections - Nakajima C6N1-S Saiun (Painted Cloud) MYRT
NASM Collections - Arm Rests, Seats, Nakajima C6N1-S Saiun (Painted Cloud) Myrt
NASM Collections - Nakajima Homare 21 (NK9H, Ha45-21), 2-Row, Radial 18 Engine
NASM Collections - G-Meter / Accelerometer, Japanese Navy, Model-2, Nakajima C6N1-S Saiun Myrt
NASM Collections Nakajima C6N1-S Saiun "Myrt" via Wayback Machine January 27, 2008
Thanks to NASM / Russell Lee for additional information

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Last Updated
August 16, 2020

 

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