Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Kugisho MXY7 Ohka Model 22

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Kugisho MXY7 Ohka Model 22
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Details, quoting from Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy | Kugisho MXY7 Ohka (Cherry Blossom) 22:

Near the end of World War II, Vice Admiral Onishi Takijino recommended that the Japanese navy form special groups of men and aircraft to attack the American warships gathering to conduct amphibious landings in the Philippines. The Japanese used the word Tokko-tai (Special Attack) to describe these units. To the Allies, they became known as the kamikaze. By war’s end, some 5,000 pilots died making Tokko attacks.

The Ohka (Cherry Blossom) was designed to allow a pilot with minimal training to drop from a Japanese "Betty" bomber at high altitude and guide his aircraft with its warhead at high speed into an Allied warship. While several rocket-powered Ohka 11s still exist, this Ohka 22 is the only surviving "Campini" jet-powered version of the aircraft. It was captured in Japan in 1945. Unlike the Ohka 11, the Ohka 22 never became operational.

Transferred from the United States Navy, R. Adm. A. M. Pride.

Manufacturer:
Kugisho (First Naval Air Technical Bureau)
Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho

Date:
1945

Country of Origin:
Japan

Dimensions:
Overall: 120 x 690cm, 545kg, 410cm (3ft 11 1/4in. x 22ft 7 5/8in., 1201.5lb., 13ft 5 7/16in.)

Materials:
All-metal monocoque construction

Physical Description:
Single-seat, all-metal monocoque construction and conventional layout with low wing and twin vertical fins and rudders, powered by "Campini" jet engine.

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