No. 12090. Ishikawajima R-3 (J-BEPE c/n 7)
Photographed at Hunworth Aerodrome, Norfolk, UK, August 1, 1931, via The Aeroplane

Ishikawajima R-3

09/30/2013. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Ishikawajima Aircraft Company produced this single-bay two-seater light aircraft fitted with either the Cirrus III or Cirrus-Hermes II engines, for both of which the same Ishikawajima held the manufacturing rights. The chief designer Mr. Yoshihara paid particular attention to high factors of safety, performance, exceptional flying qualities and low maintenance costs. The takeoff performance received particular attention, since in Japan of those days, landing fields, when existent at all, were of a very limited size. Reportedly the aircraft possessed remarkable maneuverability.

The pictured aircraft was flown by two Japanese students of the Hosei University of Tokyo, M. Kurimura and R. Kumakawa, from Japan to England. They left Tokyo on May 29, 1931 and came in a comparatively leisurely manner to London via Mukden, Harbin, Irkutsk, Krasnoza, Nazau, Moscow, Konigsberg, Berlin, Brussels, landing at Hunworth Aerodrome on August 1. Two days later they continued their tour via Paris, Lyons, Marseilles, reaching their final destination Rome, after a total flight distance of some 8,830 mls (14,210 km)."

Created September 30, 2013