Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai Hei (Mod. C) Type 2 Toryu (Dragon Killer) NICK

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    Twin engine, two seat, night fighter with semi-monocoque fuselage and wings.

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    Twin engine, two seat, night fighter with semi-monocoque fuselage and wings.

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This object is on display in the World War II Aviation (UHC) at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

World War II Aviation (UHC)

The Kawasaki Ki-45 required more time to develop and place in service than almost any other Japanese warplane of World War II. Chief project engineer Takeo Doi began work on the design in January 1938, but the first production aircraft did not fly in combat until the fall of 1942. When it finally entered service, the Ki-45 soon became popular with flight crews, who used it mainly for attacking ground targets and ships, including U.S. Navy PT (Patrol Torpedo) boats. The Toryu (Dragon Killer) was also the only Japanese army night fighter to see action during the war.

This Ki-45 Kai Hei night fighter version (one of 477) is the last known surviving "Nick" of the 1,700 built by Kawasaki.