The Nakajima B5N Torpedo Bomber was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the beginning of World War II. She caused most of the battleship damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7th December 1941. Seventy-five years later, the Type 97 Carrier Torpedo Bomber, dubbed the “Kate” by the allies, will return to the exact spot where she made aviation history and be displayed at Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island. [clicktotweet]Pearl Harbor Museum to display rare WWII Japanese Torpedo Plane #avgeek[/clicktotweet]
“This aircraft is one of a few known to have survived the war,” said Kenneth DeHoff, executive director of Pacific Aviation Museum.
“An estimated 1,149 B5N’s were built, and only bits and pieces survive today, except for this Kate with its intriguing history.”
Work has begun on the Kate’s fuselage and wings in the Museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop, located in historic Hangar 79.
“We expect it will take five years to restore the B5N for static display quality” according to DeHoff.
“With this year being the 75th Anniversary of the attack on the harbor, the Museum is honored to be able to display the Kate where she made aviation history, sharing a legacy with thousands of visitors worldwide.”
Pacific Aviation Museum is located on Historic Ford Island, where some of the first bombs fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941. Visitors to the Museum can see remnants from that day of infamy, including the 158-foot tall, red and white iconic Ford Island Air Field Control Tower; Hangar 37; and Hangar 79, where bullet holes still remain.
Through its preservation and restoration of World War II fighter planes and accompanying artifacts in the Museum’s historic hangars, Pacific Aviation Museum shares the story of the vital role aviation played in the winning of World War II, and its continuing role in maintaining America’s freedom.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognised aviation museum on Historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honours aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history.