Kawanishi N1K2-Ja at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Aviation Hangar

     

Kawanishi N1K2-Ja at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Aviation Hangar

GEORGE is the unlikely Allied nickname for the best Japanese naval fighter produced in quantity during World War II. The official Japanese name and designation was Kawanishi N1K2 Shiden (Violet Lightning). This outstanding land-based fighter sprang directly from a floatplane fighter design, the N1K1 REX.

Image Number: WEB11956-2011
Credit: Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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