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Pappy

Ohka cockpit seatbelts

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G'day people,

 

I am doing some preliminary research for an Ohka ("cherry blossom") and despite trawling through such sites as J-aircraft I still cannot fine a definitive answer. My question is in regards to the seat belts, specially what type and what material/colour were they?

 

I am leaning toward webbing material (vice leather) as the Ohkas were designed to be cheaply produced and disposable, so the durability and expense of leather was not required?  As for belt type, I am leaning towards the three belt arrangement; two lap belts with a single shoulder strap over the left shoulder and passing diagonally over the torso down to the right hip. This is another guesstimate based on typical IJN practice but I have no real evidence.  If anyone has the mushroom publications book I would be interested to to find our what it suggests (if at all),

 

cheers,

 

Pappy

 

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I just saw your question (a bit late, I admit) and checked pictures of the Okha requisitioned by US Forces still photographed in Japan. There is one picture showing the top of the seat back. The seat seems not have a seat belt attachment.

My best guess would be that there was only a very simple lap strap, maybe even no belt at all. The Okha pilot was not supposed to do high-g aerobatics. He was considered - sorry for the word - disposable, just to steer the bomb towards the target in a pretty straight trajectory. A belt would have been meaningless like the parachute.

Cheers, Michael

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