Nakajima J8N Kikka
Страна: Япония
Год: 1945

Although broadly similar in configuration, the Nakajima Kikka had none of the aerodynamic finesse of its inspiration, the larger Messerschmitt Me 262. Completed in August 1945, the prototype made its maiden flight on August 7; one more flight was attempted (but aborted on take-off) before Japan's surrender on August 15.
Последние японские истребители. 7 августа 1945г. в воздух поднялся Nakajima J8N1 Kikka - первый японский реактивный самолет, спроектированный на базе немецкого Me 262 (фото). Одноместный Kikka совершил свой первый полет с аэродрома военно-морской базы Кисарацу, пилотируемый летчиком Сусуму Такаока. Через четыре дня J8N1 разбился из-за отказа на взлете ракетных ускорителей.
Lt Cdr Susumi Takaoka enters the cockpit of the first Kikka.
Lt Cdr Susumi Takaoka prepares to taxi out for the first flight.
Опытный истребитель J8N1
Another view of the first Kikka.
Two illustrations of the second aircraft, with components of others visible in the background.
Also based on a German design - the BMW 003A - the Ishikawajima Ne-20 was Japan’s first turbojet powerplant, and was intended to power the twin-engined Nakajima Kikka and later variants of the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka (Cherry Blossom) suicide aircraft.
Photograph of the second prototype Kikka taken in 1965 in the USA. The wings are shown folded. The port engine appears to have been removed and the minute size of the intake in the starboard nacelle suggests that his is not the original component.