Mitsubishi Ki-51

The Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Army designation 'Type 99 Assault Plane', Allied repoting name 'Sonia', was a light bomber/dive bomber in service with the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. It first flew in mid-1939. Initially deployed against Chinese forces, it proved to be too slow to hold up against the fighter aircraft of the other Allied powers. However, it performed a useful ground-attack role in the China-Burma-India theatre, notably from airfields too rough for many other aircraft. As the war drew to a close, they began to be used in kamikaze attacks. Total production was around 2,385 units. Charles Lindbergh, flying a P-38 Lightning shot down a Ki-51 after a vigorous dogfight in which the much slower Ki-51 utilized its low speed maneuverability and made a fight of it. Info: Wikipedia Profile: Wings Palette

Mitsubishi Ki-51
Roelf, Jun 12, 2011
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