The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (“Peregrine Falcon”) was a single-engine land-based tactical fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in World War II. The Allied reporting name was “Oscar”, but it was often called the “Army Zero” by American pilots for its side-view resemblance to the Mitsubishi A6M Zero that was flown by the Japanese Navy. Like the Japanese A6M Zero, the radial-engined Ki-43 was light and easy to fly and became legendary for its combat performance in East Asia in the early years of the war. It could outmaneuver any opponent, but did not have armor or self-sealingtanks, and its armament was poor until its final version, which was produced as late as 1945.Allied pilots often reported that the nimble Ki-43s were difficult targets but burned easily or broke apart with few hits. In spite of its drawbacks, the Ki-43 shot down more Allied aircraft than any other Japanese fighter and almost all the JAAF’S aces achieved most of their kills in it.
Me 262 A-1a/U4 “Pulkzerstörer” fitted with a 50mm Mauser Mk 214 cannon. Seen here is w/n 170083 whilst under evaluation by the 54th Air Disarmament Squadron wearing US markings including “Willie Jeanne” nose art. 1945