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Nakajima Ki-101 (IJAAF Spitfire IXc) Version 1

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Nakajima Ki-101 'Heavenly Lion' for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2 EP1

 

This is a simple mod of the stock 'AI' Thirdwire Spitfire F.9C to give a flyable 'what if' Nakajima Ki-101 interceptor-fighter of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in mid-1945.

 

This mod requires you to have Expansion Pack 1 so that you have the necessary Third Wire Spitfire LOD's that are, of course, not included here.

 

 

BACKSTORY

 

In February 1943 the unfortunate Pilot Office P. Lonker of No.64 squadron descended through the fog to land his brand-new Spitfire IX at the Luftwaffe airfield near Brest in the mistaken belief that it was his home base of Hornchurch. Whilst the Spitfire was no secret to the Germans this pristine example was gratefully received and sent to the Dornier factory in Altenrhein (Switzerland) where it was studied in detail with production drawings made and tooling fabricated for the proposed production of the Spitfire for the Swiss Air Force.

 

However, during the early Spring of 1944 the decision was made to ship the drawings and tooling to the Nakajima Aircraft Company in Japan for production of the Spitfire for defence against American bombers

including the B-29 then just coming into service in forward bases in China and India. Designated Ki-101 production started quickly enough but disaster struck when the Ota factory was bombed (ironically by B-29's) in December 1944 with only a handful of aircraft completed and all without engines as Aichi Atsuta had failed to deliver a single example of the licence-built Daimler-Benz DB605 engine. Miraculously, production restarted in February 1945 with the first Aichi built engines arriving in March allowing the first squadron to re-equip in May 1945. Production records indicate that only 45 Ki-101's were manufactured and there were no recorded incidents of air combat between the 'Heavenly Lion' and allied aircraft.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. From the AIRCRAFT folder drag and drop the SPITFIRE_F9C_IJAAF folder into your Aircraft folder.

 

2. From the DECALS folder drag and drop the SPITFIRE_F9C_IJAAF folder into your main Decals folder.

 

Pilot - Almost certainly you'll have a Third Wire 'Jet Jock' flying your 'Heavenly Lion' so you'll need to swap him out

for something more appropriate.

 

N.B. Once you installed your aircraft you'll find it named Nakajima Ki-101 in the drop-down menu.

 

 

CREDITS

 

As always, big thanks to TK for the continuous improvement of a great little game/sim.

 

Extra special thanks to Kesselbrut for the Spitfire cockpit.

 

And thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.

 

Regards

 

Spinners

 

Version 1 - 09/04/11

 

 




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