B5N1 aircraft of a training unit in flight, date unknown

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Added Date 30 Oct 2015

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
21 Nov 2015 05:37:52 PM

B5N1 TRAINING FLIGHT: Early Model 1, Nakajima B5N1 (Kate) looks like a training flight. Aircraft carries no bomb racks the Japanese character, stands for (KA-310) the Kate was operated as both a torpedo and high-level bomber. PRE WAR TRAINING: Japanese Naval aircraft in late 1930s early 1940s before the Pacific war, were in natural aluminum with red tail and horizontal stabilizers, with the rising sun insignia in six positions, a blue-black scalloped was painted to the pilots windscreen. The B5N1 was powered by 1 x Nakajima Hikari 2 single-row nine cylinder air-cooled radial engine, that gave the B5N1 a bulbous engine cowling. Designed in the 1930s, the B5N was a low wing monoplane of metal and aluminum construction, folding wings, fabric control surfaces, retractable landing gear, enclosed cockpit canopy for the crew pilot/observer/bombardier/navigator and the radio operator/gunner. The B5N1 was later replaced with the B5N2 this model was used against the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,1941. The older model 1s were used as trainers, target tugs, fast transport and other second-line duties. File photograph shows that photo was taken from the second cockpit. The bumpers on the wing are stops for the upward folding wings hinging point that stopped over the cockpit canopy for ease of carrier stowage...

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