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Japan's Tachikawa Ki-54 trainer, transport; Army Type 1
Allied Code Name: Hickory

Design

The Tachikawa Ki-54 was designed to be a crew trainer. This included the pilot, bombers, gunners, navigators, and radio operators.

Production

  • Total: 1,368
    • Manufacturer: Tachikawa Hikoki K.K.
    • Production: 1940 - 1945

Variants

  • Tachikawa Ki-54a: Trainer.
  • Tachikawa Ki-54b: Trainer.
  • Tachikawa Ki-54c: Transport.
  • Tachikawa Ki-59: Civilian transport.

Specifications

  Tachikawa Ki-54c
Type Transport
Crew 8
Engine (Type) 2: Hitachi Ha-13a
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
Net HP 450
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 58' 9"
Length 39' 2"
Height 11' 9"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Normal load 8,575 lb
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed @ 6,560' 234 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 22,555'
Range 597 miles
Armament None

Sources:

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