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Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka (Cherry Blossom)
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piloted bomb
one
3 x 590 lbs. ea.
19' 11"
16' 5"
4,187 lbs.
2,646 lbs.
535 mph
620 mph
27,000 feet
55 miles
1945






Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka (Cherry Blossom) aircraft, powered by three rocket motors, were the fastest Japanese aircraft of World War II.

When the Japanese started running out of Kamikaze aircraft used in actions against U.S. ships off the coast of Okinawa, they designed the Ohka. The aircraft was easy to mass produce for the one specific function, and inexpensive.

The rocket aircraft was slung under the belly of a bomber. When the host aircraft was within range, it was released. The pilot would ignite the rocket motors and go into a steep dive. Most aircraft failed to reach their destination because the host aircraft that carried it was relatively slow and vulnerable to interception.

Records with regard to the Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka in combat are spotty and unclear. It appears that around 750 aircraft were produced. It is uncertain how many were actually launched on missions.

Perhaps six of the aircraft scored hits on U.S. warships off the coast of Okinawa. Three of the ships sustained heavy damage.



RC MXY7 Ohka from Model Activity Press.

Pictured above and below is the MXY-7 Ohka RC from plans found at Model Activity Press. The radio control airplane is described as made for towing to launch altitude. Controls for the RC are ailerons, elevators, motor firing, and release. We were unable to find any dimensions for wingspan, length or weight of the radio control airplane. The type of engine needed to power the MXY7 Ohka rc airplane also is not shown. We would appreciate it if you can provide any further information on this radio control airplane model.

We found plans under "gas powered radio control aircraft" for a rc MXY7 Ohka for sale on eBay. The only information posted is that the radio control airplane has a wingspan on 38". There are two pictures of the actual aircraft, and not the rc airplane, with the ad. The seller of the radio control airplane is shown as "Uncle-Willies." However, we can not find the rc airplane shown at the Uncle Willies Plans website.

The bottom picture on this page is of a 1/48 scale plastic model MXY7 Ohka from a Marushin kit. Wingspan of the model airplane is about 4" and length is about 5".

Although the rc Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka makes an interesting radio control airplane, we do not know of any modeled except for what is pictured here.



RC MXY-7 carried by a bomber.


1/48 scale plastic model by Marushin.

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