The N1K1-J may have been the predecessor of the N1K2-J, but in no way was considered a prototype. Nine prototypes plus 998 production N1K1-J/Ja/Jb/Jc Shiden / "George" were built, hardly making this a mere prototype for its successors. The "George" had its first MAJOR action in defense of the Phillipines in October 1944 establishing itself as an excellent fighter and a match for its US adversaries. On the other hand 428 N1K2-J/Ja Shiden Kai / "George 21" were produced. The "George 21" was used mainly for home defense. The prototype for both of these aircraft was the N1K1 Kyofu or "Rex". Eight prototypes and 89 production models of this float plane fighter were produced to replace the A6M-2N "Rufe". 02/16/2006 @ 09:05 [ref: 12514]
Ganesh Irvine, CA
The N1K1-J Shiden was more of a prototype to the N1K2 and N1K3 "George's". This plane was more or less used very little and later on ruled as obsolete.
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-Ganesh 06/18/2001 @ 11:16 [ref: 2471]