The second prototype of the Ki-15 was purchased by Asahi Shimbu, a Japanese newspaper. It was flown by Masaaki Iinuma, pilot, and Kenji Tsukagoshi, navigator almost 10,000 at an average speed of 100 mph between April 6 and April 9, 1937. This was a record at the time. The plane was named Kamikaze.
Before World War II the Army's Ki-15 and the Navy's C5M were the most popular reconnaissance planes in the military.
2nd Sino-Japanese War
The Ki-15 was first used operationally in the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
World War II
The Ki-15s and C5Ms were used operationally through 1942. They were eventually relegated to training and liaison tasks.
Finds Prince of Wales and Repulse
On December 10, 1941, a C5M2 was the first to spot the Prince of Wales and Repulse.