Japanese Jug!

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    "Captured" Ki-44 Nakajima Shoki, American code name Tojo.

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    That KI-44 was probably flown from the USAAF evaluation field in Australia, where many Japanese aircraft ended up during the later part of the war in the Pacific.
     
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    I never really noticed how odd the tail looked.
     
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    What is this one?

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    Bf109 with radial engine.
     
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    That's Bf109V21, one of two radial engined project. The V21 had a P&W radial, the other (Bf109X) had a BMW801 with Fw190 cowling.
     
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    Nice Chris, and thanks Milosh. Off to the Google machine to read up on that.

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    They look similar, don't they?
     
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    This fighter, the A7M1 "Reppu" (designed as a replacement for the A6M although built only as a prototype; codename "Sam" by the Allies) was a more likely candidate to be the "Japanese Jug", in physical size and looks:

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    IMHO Ki-87 is the best candidate for the Japanese Jug.

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    In terms of appearance, the IJN's Kawanishi N1K looked similar to a P-47:

    Kawanishi_N1K-Shiden.jpg

    So did the IJA's Nakajima KI-84:

    Nakajima_KI-84-Hayate.jpg

    And to a certain degree, so did the IJA's Kawasaki KI-100:

    Kawasaki_Ki-100_111th.jpg
     
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    How dare you compare a sleek beauty like the Ki-84 to the P-47? Seriously, as Juha noted, the Ki-87 is the best candidate for the Japanese Jug, down to the in fuselage supercharger.
     
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    I would have to disagree, regarding the KI-87...the P-47 was "chunky" where the KI-87 had more curvatures, especially at the cowling.

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    The KI-84's large, angular cowling, radiator flaps, 4-bladed prop and tapering fuselage fall closer to the P-47's profile.
     
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    Here. Here. I agree!
     
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    Looks like a pregnant Bf 109.......
     
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    I agree Dave! Even the tail section comes closer to matching the Thunderbolt.
     
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    Ki-87 had a turbo and had the max speed of 697km/h, more or less like P-47D, that's the base of my reasoning.

    Juha
     
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