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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Aichi M6A1 Seiran
Image by Chris Devers
Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Aichi M6A1 Seiran (Clear Sky Storm):
Aichi chief engineer, Toshio Ozaki, designed the M6A1 Seiran to fulfill the requirement for a bomber that could operate exclusively from a submarine. Japanese war planners devised the idea as a means for striking directly at the United States mainland and other important strategic targets, like the Panama Canal, that lay thousands of kilometers from Japan. To support Seiran operations, the Japanese developed a fleet of submarine aircraft carriers to bring the aircraft within striking distance. No Seiran ever saw combat, but the Seiran/submarine weapons system represents an ingenious blend of aviation and marine technology.
This M6A1 was the last airframe built (serial number 28) and the only surviving example of the Seiran in the world. Imperial Japanese Navy Lt. Kazuo Akatsuka ferried this Seiran from Fukuyama to Yokosuka where he surrendered it to an American occupation contingent.
Transferred from the United States Navy.
Aichi Aircraft Company (Aichi Kokuki KK)
Country of Origin:
Overall: 460 x 1160cm, 3310kg, 1230cm (15ft 1 1/8in. x 38ft 11/16in., 7297.2lb., 40ft 4 1/4in.)
Wings rotated back, folded back to lie flat against the fuselage. 2/3 of each side of the horizontal stabilizer also folded down, likewise the tip of the vertical stabilizer.
Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic 1936
Image by tautaudu02
Moteur 8 cylindres en ligne à compresseur, 2 arbres à cames en tête
Carrosserie Bugatti en aluminium riveté
Un des quatre exemplaires fabriqués
Vendue neuve à M.Rothschild en septembre 1936, elle était peinte en gris bleu métallisé, intérieur cuir bleu telle qu’elle est présentée.
Gagnante du concours d’Elégance de Pebble Beach en 2003.
The exquisite Bugatti was delivered to Lord Victor Rothschild in England on September 2, 1936. Three years later, in 1939, Mr Rothschild had the Bugatti factory install a Roots supercharger from a Type 55 engine, upgrading the model to a Type 57 SC. Having blown up the engine, he nevertheless kept the car in storage in England until 1941, when he sold it to his countryman Mr T.P.Tunnard Moore. Mr Moore and Robert Arbuthnot, a sometime racer at Brooklands, were partners at High Speed Motors of London. At some point, Mr Moore sold the car to Arbuthnot, who in turn sold it in to Rodney Clarke of Continental Cars Ltd. in 1944. A year later, Mr Clarke sold the Type 57 SC to Mr Robert Oliver, a wealthy American doing duty in France as a member of the US Army Medical Corps. In August 1946, Mr Oliver had 57374 shipped to the United States, where he received it in New York and proceeded to drive it home to Los Angeles. In 1953, Mr Oliver shipped the car back to the Bugatti factory, where its engine was completely rebuilt and the correct Type 57 SC supercharger and hydraulic brakes were installed. Following Mr Oliver’s passing the Atlantic was sold in 1971 through public auction to Dr Peter Williamson who paid an unpresidented .000. Following refurbishment, the car was shown at Pebble Beach in 2003 and won "Best in Show". In 2010 the Williamson family sold the Atlantic to a buyer from whom the car is graciously on loan.
Production : 1st of 4 produced
Inline eight-cylinder engine
170 Bhp at 5500 rpm
3257 cc supercharged
Double overhead camshafts
4-speed manual gearbox
Solid front axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and telescopic shocks
Live rear axle with reversed quarter-elliptical leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers
4-wheel hydraulically-operated drum brakes
Vintage matchbook: Allen-Parker Auto Loans, Tampa, Florida
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