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Unidentified Japanese Ambulance biplane

Old 4th Apr 2020, 12:34
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Unidentified Japanese Ambulance biplane

I am sure one of the competitors in the "What ?" threads will be able to identify this one. All my usual sources have failed.


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Old 4th Apr 2020, 12:42
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Tachikawa KKY-1.
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Old 4th Apr 2020, 13:44
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Looks like a DH80b Hornet Moth. Remember they used everything from the DC3 early on.

https://wikivisually.com/wiki/De_Havilland_Hornet_Moth
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Certainly has the look of a Gipsy Major cowling.
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Look at the wings again - it's a sesquiplane and in no way a Hornet Moth.

Quemerford has given the answer.
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I think Quemerford has it
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Certainly has the look of a Gipsy Major cowling.
... but the prop goes the wrong way.
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Hello Canada.
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Hello UK.
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As ever this forum does not disappoint. Searching for the Tachikawa KKY-1 shows it to have been Cirrus Hermes powered and from 1933, having been inspired by licence built Fox Moths. Thanks all.
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Amazing. I had never noticed that the Cirrus rotates the other way from a Gipsy!
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https://forum.axishistory.com/viewto...32870&start=15
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Old 13th May 2020, 10:58
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Another one......

As my last mystery was quickly solved, hopefully it will be the same with this other Japanese 1930 s design...........

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Reminds me a bit of something... Italian or Russian I think...
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The writing says it's a Potez 41.
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Old 13th May 2020, 12:22
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Original of the photo (from l'Aérophile) before the fake colour was added:


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Old 13th May 2020, 15:21
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Thanks to both. So no connection with Japan other than that the publisher thought it interesting .
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Everybody standing around with their hands in their pockets, 'nothing to do with me, mate.'
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