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Japan's Kawasaki Ki-56 transport, Army Type 1
Allied Code Name: Thalia

Design

Kawasaki had a license to build Lockheed 14s and based the design of the Ki-56 on it. The Ki-56 had a longer fuselage and the support structure in the wing was different.

The construction of the Ki-56 was all metal.

Prototype

Two Ki-56 prototypes appeared in November 1940.

Production

  • Total: 121
    • Manufacturer: Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K.
    • Production: ? - September 1943

Variants

  • Kawasaki Ki-56:

Specifications

  Kawasaki Ki-56
Type Transport
Crew 4
Cargo 5,280 lb
Engine (Type) 2: Nakajima Ha-25
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 990 each
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 65' 6"
Length 48' 10"
Height 11' 9"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Normal load 17,692 lb
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed @ 11,480' 248 mph
Speed - cruising  
Climb  
Service ceiling 26,250'
Range  
Armament None

Sources:

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