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

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  • Kawasaki Ki-56 transport

 

Design

Kawasaki had a license to build Lockheed 14s and the Koku Hombu asked them to design a better transport aircraft which became the Ki-56. The head designer was Takeo Doi.

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 with fabric on the control surfaces.

Cargo

There was a large cargo door in the fuselage that had a smaller door for personnel.

There was a beam that went along the top of the fuselage to facilitate loading and unloading of cargo.

Prototype

Two Ki-56 prototypes appeared in November 1940.

Production

  • Prototypes: 2
    • Production: November 1940
  • Total: 121
    • Manufacturer: Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K.
    • Production: ? - September 1943, August 1941 - September 1943

Specifications

  Kawasaki Ki-56
Type Transport
Crew 4
Cargo 5,280 lb, 5,291 lb
2,400 kg
Engine (Type) 2: Nakajima Ha-25, Army Type 99
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 950 each, 990 each
Propeller blades 3 metal
Dimensions  
Span 65' 6"
19.964 m
Length 48' 10", 48' 10 5/8"
14.9 m
Height 11' 9", 11' 9.75"
3.6 m
Wing area 551.117 sq ft
51.2 sq m
Weight  
Empty 10,791 lb
4,895 kg
Normal load 17,692 lb
8,025 kg
Performance  
Speed at 11,480' / 3,500 m 248 mph, 248.5 mph
400 kph
Climb to 9,845' / 3,000 m 12 minutes 38 seconds
Service ceiling 26,250'
8,000 m
Armament None

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, René J Francillon, 1970
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