Kawasaki Ki 100-1b white 24 by Colin Smedley

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Produced in 1945 the Kawasaki Ki 100 was probably the best Japanese home defence fighter of WW2 and could take on the Mustangs, Thunderbolts and Hellcats of the allies on equal terms. Although nearly 400 were built it came too late to prevent the surrender. The RAF Museum Collection’s Kawasaki Ki 100-1b is the only one left and it’s pictured out on the tarmac in 1986 at RAF St Athan for demonstration engine runs.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is http://www.oscarpix.co.uk

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    Another rare aircraft, great shot.

  • Thanks Nigel! They don’t come much rarer than this!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Rare beast Colin. Nice shot. Looks a bit of a cross between a Ruskie LA and a Fokke Wolf.

  • I think I agree with you on that observation Ted.

    – Colin Smedley

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