The Survivors: Imperial Japanese Navy Kawanishi N1K Kyōfū Floatplane Fighter

An excellent post about the Japanese aircraft of WWII from an exceptional researcher!!

Aces Flying High

Designed during World War Two to provide air cover for Imperial Japanese forces deployed for amphibious beach landings in advanced locations that lacked prepared airstrips or aircraft carriers, the Kawanishi N1K Kyōfū (“Strong Wind” or “Mighty Wind” depending on the translation, Allied reporting code name “Rex”) floatplane fighter must have seemed a great idea to the Imperial Japanese Navy when work began on it in September 1940 (the first prototype took flight on May 6th, 1942). The rugged fighter was able to take off from the water around islands, was fitted with a powerful engine and we’ll armed to take on Allied fighters but by the time it became operational in July 1943, the tide of war had turned.

Kawanishi N1K1 Kyōfū ( Kawanishi N1K1 Kyōfū (“Strong Wind”, Allied Code Name: Rex) floatplane fighter of the Imperial Japanese Navy

By 1943 Japan was on the defensive and in gradual retreat. The Kawanishi N1K 

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 21, 2019, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. A great read on aspects I never knew, engrossing.

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  2. Excellent re post gp, great in depth post on the various aircraft of the Japanese forces.
    If The Kawanishi N1K Kyōfū had been constructed and deployed in the early years of the war, the outcome of many battles may have changed.

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  3. Thanks for the kind words and support over the years!

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  4. It’s an impressive looking plane in both formats (floatplane and regular)

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  5. Well, shoot. Keep tempting me with posts like this and I’ll end up visiting that Fredericksburg museum after all!

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  6. Thank you for the great information, GP Best wishes, Michael

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  7. Thank you for sharing this!
    I’ll pop over there to read.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  8. A very interesting, rugged plane they designed!

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  9. Fascinating, Have to say it’s a wonderful looking plane.

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  10. Always informative posts. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Interesting post which reminded me of Matt’s grandfather, Gustav Kobbe. He was sailing on the Great South Bay in Long Island when a seaplane struck him and his boat and was killed instantly. I googled his name and discovered a lot of him which I did not know. Interesting fellow.

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  12. That’s a comprehensive history of a Japanese fighter, GP. Seems like it entered the war too late to make any difference.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. Fascinating plane. Thanks for shainr.g

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  14. Terrific choice to share, GP. Hugs on the wing.

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  15. Thank you for sharing.


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