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  J9Y Kikka    Prototype No. 1

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IJN August 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as J9Y Kikka as the first prototype constructed (Prototype No. 1). Painted with dark green upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. The fuselage Hinomaru with a 75mm white border.

Wartime History
On June 30, 1945 this prototype was ready for ground testing. During July 1945, disassembled and delivered to Kisarazu Airfield where it was reassembled and readied for flight testing.

On August 7, 1945 took off from Kisarazu Airfield piloted by Lieutenant Commander Susumu Takaoka for a 20 minute test flight, the only concern was the length of runway required for takeoff.

On August 11, 1945 took off from Kisarazu Airfield on a a second test flight with Rocket Assisted Take Off (RATO) units under each wing. The RATO unit's alignment were miscalculated and the test pilot believed that they had not fired and shut off the main engines. Powered by the rockets, the Kikka ran off the runway, tore off the landing gear and crashed into Tokyo Bay.

The aircraft could not be repaired before the Pacific War ended. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

National Air and Space Museum - Nakajima Kikka (Orange Blossom)

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August 2, 2020


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