By: Larry deZeng <Hldeziv@aol.com>
Thursday, 28 June 2001, at 6:26 a.m.
anyone shed some fresh light on this little-known historical footnote, that
apparently was still a mystery as late as the 1970s? Some of you guys are
pretty sharp on this stuff, so I have my hopes up!
page 264 of Francillon's "Japanese Aircraft" it is stated that,
"A second prototype (i.e., the Ki-77) began flight trials the following
month to be readied for the "Seiko" (Success) flight between Japan
and Germany. This flight was actually attempted on 7 July, 1943, but the
aircraft was lost over the Indian Ocean, possibly due to an encounter with
British fighters, on its way from Singapore to Berlin."
same month, RAF "Y" Service personnel intercepted the following ULTRA
signal from Berlin dated 7 July 1943 to Kdo.d.Flughafenbereich 6/VI (Airfield
Regional Command) at Sarabus, Crimea, which exercised authority over the entire
Luftwaffe air base complex in Crimea at the time:
8/7 an allied aircraft will fly via air grid squares 3420, 2560 and 2510 to
Sarabus. It is a two engined low wing monoplane, wing span 30 metres, metal
fuselage, natural colour, wings grey. The aircraft must not be fired on under
any circumstances." The ULTRA signals intelligence analyst at Blechley
Park then appended the following note: "This presumably refers to
undertaking "GOA" in which an aircraft was flying to Sarabus from
Tokio via Singapore." (ULTRA signal CX/MSS 2867/T8).
anyone know if this mystery was ever solved? Was the Ki-77 shot down by RAF
fighters? Have there been any articles about this operation and flight since
Francillon penned the above in 1970? I recall running across a reference or two
to this mission in years gone by, but I can no longer recall the details. It
sounds like the sort of thing that might have appeared in Air Enthusiast or the
Journal of the AAHS. Any ideas?
Ki-77 Mission to Germany *PIC*
By: Deniz Karacay <email@example.com>
Tuesday, 3 July 2001, at 7:46 a.m.
Response To: Ki-77 Mission to Germany (Larry deZeng)
was little left to add to Andrew's excellent post. Here is some pics from
AIRPOWER July 1976, "Across Pacific" by Robert Mikesh.
was infact designed for Asahi Journal as a ultra long range a/c to reach New
York from Tokyo for a record breaking flight. Designation A26 comes from A for
Asahi 26 for 26th century (1940) since the establishment of Japan.
world had waited till Nov 1975 for a direct flight from NY to Tokyo by a Boeing
747SP. Among the passengers Dr. Hidemasa Kimura design leader of A26! At the
VIP lounge he said "It was a long wait... but a very comfortable
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