Online Exhibit

Japanese “Rex” Float Plane

This exhibit is online-only.


The Kawanishi N1K floatplane fighter was designed to support offensive operations in advance of available airstrips. The Japanese called it Kyofu, or “Strong Wind”, while the Allies gave it the code name “Rex”.

Capable of absorbing more battle damage than other Japanese fighters, the N1K came into service in 1943. By then, Japan was on the defensive, which did not fit the N1K’s mission. Only 89 had been delivered into service when the production was canceled.