Displaying some of the classic lines of the late 1930s, the Ki-15 was designed to meet a 1935 two-seat, high-speed reconnaissance aircraft requirement of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. The prototype’s flight tests showed it was a successful design being both fast and with good handling characteristics. So good in fact,that it became one of those rare Japanese military aircraft used by both the Army AF and the Navy AF (by the way,i t was coded C5M by the Navy).
This type of aircraft became famous around the world in 1937 when one of them called “KAMIKAZE” -the subject of this painting- and operated by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper was the first Japanese-made aircraft that flew to Europe. The main production military variants rendered certainly a good service, but rapidly began to show their design age and were relegated to less hazardous duties. Ironically when the Kamikaze attacks started at the later stages of the Pacific War some Ki-15’s were still available. Their crews did the ultimate service.