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Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" IJN
Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" IJN Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" IJN Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" IJN Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" IJN Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" IJN

Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" IJN

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Carrier Soryu, Pearl Harbor, 1941
Diecast Metal
Very Detailed

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The Nakajima B5N1 first flew in January 1937. It was quite unique for a carrier-aircraft with its low mono wing that folded for storage and wide-track inward folding retractable landing gear. The new Kates were far superior to its competition, the TBD Devastator and the Fairey Swordfish however it did have its shortcomings. It was very poorly armed for self defense and required A5M escort protection. Also the crew and fuel tanks had no protection. The B5N1 was replaced by the improved B5N2.

For this mission aircraft from the Siryu wore BI- and a single blue band around the rear of the fuselage. The BI-312 was believed to be flown by Juzo Mori, Lt Nagai's #2 wingman at Pearl Harbor. The Soryu had a complement of 60 aircraft comprised of 24 Zekes, 18 Vals, 18 Kates. As part of the first wave to attack Pearl Harbor their mission was to strike the battleships USS Nevada, Tennessee and West Virginia with armor piercing bombs. The battleships USS Utah, California and the light-cruisers Helena and Raleigh were to be destroyed with torpedoes. Another target were the grounded aircraft at Barbers Point. As well as the newer B5N2's there were 103 of the older B5N1's used at pearl Harbor.
The 'Fist of the Fleet' originally started out as VT-17 in 1943 flying TBF/TBM's. In November 1946 VT-17 became VA-6B flying the SB2C Helldiver and eventually AD-1 Skyraiders. Next the squadron became part of Air Group Six as VA-65 in April 1948 and in 1950 moved to the West Coast of the U.S. as part of Air Group Two. During their time there they made 3 deployments during the Korean War. In July 1959 as part of a number swap with an East Coast squadron in Air Group Six VA-65 became VA-25. Throughout the 1960's VA-25 made three carrier deployments to Vietnam flying over 3,000 combat missions and dropping ten million pounds of ordnance on the enemy. In 1968 the Spads were retired in favor of the A-7 Corsair making the Skyraiders from VA-25 the last of the USN's tactical propeller driven aircraft.

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    Hobby Master
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  • Era
    World War II
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    Nakajima B5N2
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