Friday, June 14, 2013

Remnants of a WWII-era Hayabusa Ki-43 discovered in Pathum Thani

Remnants of a Hayabusa Ki-43 Japanese fighter was recently (June 2013) discovered in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, not far from the site that a US P51 Mustang fighter was discovered few years earlier.  Apparently they were in a dog fight and both went down during WWII. During that time the Royal Thai Army's air corps also had this type of fighter aircraft so it is not clear whether this plane was piloted by a Thai pilot or Japanese pilot.  A label found indicated that the plane was manufactured in 1943.

Source blog in Thai here.