Permanent Exhibit

Japanese “Rex” Float Plane

This exhibit is a part of our permanent collection and can be seen with our General Admission tickets.


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.