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Japan's Kyushu K11W Shiragiku ("white chrysanthemum") trainer

Design

The Kyushu K11W was to replace the K3M naval trainer and design work started in 1940.

Cockpits

In the upper half of the cockpit the student pilot and radio operator were located. In the lower half was located the instructor, the student navigator, and the student bombadier.

Production

  • Total: 798
    • Manufacturer: Kyushu Hikoki K.K.
    • Production: ? - August 1945

Variants

  • Kyushu K11W1:
  • Kyushu K11W2: All wood construction. Also used for transport and antisubmarine duties.

Usage

The first K11Ws became operational in the summer of 1943.

Suicide

Some K11Ws were used in suicide attacks at the end of World War II.

Specifications

  Kyushu K11W1
Type Trainer
Crew 5
Engine (Type) Hitachi GK2B Amakaze 21
Cylinders Radial 8
Cooling Air
Net HP 515
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 49' 1"
Length 33' 7"
Height 12' 11"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Normal load 5,820 lb
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed @ 5,580' 143 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 18,440'
Range 1,093 miles
Armament 1: MG
Bombs 132 lb

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site