Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Japanese Messerchmitt Bf 109
No, not really.
It is in fact a Kawasaki Ki.61 "Hien" (Japanese for swallow), allied code name: "Tony"
Uniquely for Japanese WW2 fighter planes it used an inline engine instead of a radial, which gave it a distinct European look. The engines were actually German in origin, a license-built version of the Daimler-Benz DB-601A, which in fact, powered the real the Messerchmitt Bf 109. (below)