Lonely Planet Writer

Pearl Harbor's Pacific Aviation Museum will display a rare Japanese plane from WWII

As 7 December will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii’s Pacific Aviation Museum is set to display a rare Japanese bomber from WWII.

The forward part of the fuselage.
The forward part of the fuselage. Image by Pacific Aviation Museum / CC BY 2.0

The plane, a Nakajima B5N Torpedo Bomber, was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the start of the war, according to the museum. It was that type of plane caused most of the damage to American battleships during the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Now, one of the bombers, which were collectively nicknamed the “Kate” during the war, will be displayed at the museum.

“This aircraft is one of a few known to have survived the war,” said Kenneth DeHoff, executive director of Pacific Aviation Museum in a news release. “An estimated 1149 B5N’s were built, and only bits and pieces survive today, except for this Kate with its intriguing history”.

Scale model in front of the forward part of the Fuselage.
Scale model in front of the forward part of the Fuselage. Image by Pacific Aviation Museum / CC BY 2.0

The aircraft is now undergoing restoration and the museum expects it will take five years to fully restore the plane; however the public will be able to see the restoration as it happens.

The military aircraft museum focuses on WWII and the US conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, and features authentically restored planes.