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The Nakajima Ki-27 (九七式戦闘機 Kyūnana-shiki sentōki, or Type 97 Fighter) was the main fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force up until 1940.[2] Its Allied nickname was "Nate", although it could be found as "Clint" in early WW2 recognition manuals[3] and was called "Abdul" in the "China Burma India" (CBI) theater by many post war sources[4][3]; Allied Intelligence had reserved that name however for the non-existent Mitsubishi Navy Type 97 fighter, expected to be the successor to the Type 96 carrier-borne A5M with retractable landing gear and an enclosed cockpit.[5][6]


  1. Molesworth 2008, p.16.
  2. Millman 2013, p.6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wieliczko and Szeremeta 2004, pp.85-88.
  4. Francillon 1979, p.202.
  5. Wieliczko and Szeremeta 2004, p.87.
  6. "Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate / Abdul)." Retrieved: 5 October 2009.


  • Bueschel, Richard M. Nakajima Ki.27A-B Manshu Ki.79A-B in Japanese Army Air Force-Manchoukuo-IPSF-RACAF-PLAAF & CAF Service. Reading, Berkshire, UK: Osprey Publications, Ltd., 1971. ISBN 0-85045-020-9.
  • Francillon, Ph.D., René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company, 1970 (Second edition 1979). ISBN 0-370-30251-6.
  • Millman, Nicholas. Ki-27 'Nate' Aces. Botley, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2013. ISBN 978-1-84908-662-2.
  • Molesworth, Carl. P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar: China 1944–45. Botley, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84603-295-0.
  • Wieliczko, Leszek A. and Zygmunt Szeremeta. Nakajima Ki 27 Nate (bilingual Polish/English). Lublin, Poland: Kagero, 2004. ISBN 83-89088-51-7.

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