A very rare Japanese fighter recovered from the Kuril Islands North of Japan
and restored to flying condition.
The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa, nicknamed Oscar by the Allies, was the Imperial Japanese Army's most widely flown fighter of World War II. In combat, it was often confused with the similar-looking Mitsubishi Zero. Although 5,919 were produced, there are few survivors, for as the war drew to a close many of the remaining Oscars were used as Kamikaze suicide aircraft. The museum is pleased to add this rare aircraft to its warbird collection.