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Photo Funday — Kawasaki 川崎市 Ki-61 飛燕 (Hien, Flying Swallow, Allied codename “Tony”)

19 February 2010

Photo Funday — a photo and informative caption for the weekend

Wing and empannage of a Kawasaki Ki-61 飛燕 (Hein, Flying Swallow, Allied codename "Tony") Joe May

Wing and empannage of a Kawasaki Ki-61 飛燕 (Hien, Flying Swallow, Allied codename “Tony”) — photo by Joe May

It was almost sublime — I only noticed this extraordinary exhibit at the Wings Over Miami Air Museum, after walking beyond it in my rush to get to the hangar, after I turned to speak to my friend who was behind me. A wing and tail assembly from a WW II Japanese fighter aircraft, close enough to touch it, near enough to see tears in the aluminum skin! The wing and empennage is no longer there as the owner, Kermit Weeks, has relocated them.  Perhaps he is working on a Tony restoration? Or perhaps they will be traded for another aircraft or airplane component? If you would like to know more about the Wings Over Miami Air Museum please see the post, Wings Over Miami Air Museum — a gem hidden within the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. And for a post on Kermit Weeks and his museum please see, Fantasy of Flight Aircraft Collection.

My thanks to reader “glevumknight” for noting my incorrect spelling — which has been remedied :)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 December 2012 21:20

    Hien, not ‘Hein’. Mr Weeks gets the spelling wrong, too. :-)

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      11 December 2012 21:42

      Thanks :) I fixed it :)

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