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The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, allied designation "Frank", is a vintage Japanese fighter aircraft. Created in Second Life by Skunkette Aviation, the plane is a replica of the real-life Ki-84, designed and manufactured by Nakajima Aircraft Company. The aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service in World War II. 

Background

Featuring excellent performance and high maneuverability, the real-life Ki-84 was considered to be the best Japanese fighter to see large scale operations during World War II.[1] It was able to match any Allied fighter, and to intercept the high-flying B-29 Superfortresses.[2] Its powerful armament (that could include two 30 mm and two 20 mm cannon) increased its lethality.[3] Though hampered by poor production quality in later models, a high-maintenance engine, a landing gear prone to buckle,[4] and lack of experienced pilots above all else, Hayates proved to be fearsome opponents; a total of 3,514 were built.[5] The Ki-84 was the fastest fighter in the Imperial Japanese military if good fuel was used and the aircraft was in good shape.

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References

  1. Glancey, Jonathan. Spitfire: The Biography. London: Atlantic Books, 2006. p=174.
  2. Ethell, L. Jeffrey. Aircraft of World War II. Glasgow, HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. p=102.
  3. Ethell, L. Jeffrey. Aircraft of World War II. Glasgow, HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. p=103.
  4. Ethell, L. Jeffrey. Aircraft of World War II. Glasgow, HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. p=102.
  5. Glancey, Jonathan. Spitfire: The Biography. London: Atlantic Books, 2006. p=174.

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