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Artwork Nakajima Ki 84 58 Shimbu tai W7 Toku Ueda Miyakonojo AF Kyushu Japan May 1945 0A

Artwork Nakajima Ki 84 58 Shimbu tai W7 Toku Ueda Miyakonojo AF Kyushu Japan May 1945-0A

Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate

National origin:- Japan
Role:- Fighter
Manufacturer:- Nakajima Aircraft Company
First flight:- March 1943
Introduction:- 1945 (Japan)
Retired:- 1945 (Japan)
Primary users:-   Imperial Japanese Army Air Service
Produced between 1940–1945:- 3,514
Variants:- Nakajima Ki-116

The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (キ84 疾風'Gale'?) was a single-seat fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service in World War II. The Allied reporting name was 'Frank'; the Japanese Army designation was Army Type 4 Fighter (四式戦闘機 yon-shiki-sentō-ki?). Featuring excellent performance and high maneuverability, the Ki-84 was considered to be the best Japanese fighter to see large scale operations during World War II. It was able to match any Allied fighter, and to intercept the high-flying B-29 Superfortresses. Its powerful armament (that could include two 30 mm and two 20 mm cannon) increased its lethality. Though hampered by poor production quality in later models, a high-maintenance Nakajima Homare engine, landing gear prone to buckle, inconsistent fuel quality, and a lack of experienced pilots above all else, Hayates proved to be fearsome opponents; a total of 3,514 were built. The Ki-84 was the fastest fighter in the Imperial Japanese military if good fuel was used and the aircraft was in good shape.

 

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