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Japan's Kawasaki Ki-96 heavy fighter

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  • Kawasaki Ki-96 prototype heavy fighter

 

Design

Takeo Doi started working on improving the Ki-45-II in August 1942.

The Imperial Japanese Army wasn't too interested in the single seat and instructed Kawasaki to make it a two seater with a machine gun in the rear cockpit. However it was decided that with the extra weight that a second crewman would have the design remained a single seat aircraft. The Army changed its mind again and the result would become the Ki-102.

Prototype

The first prototype was completed in September 1943.

Production

  • Prototype: 3
    • Manufacturer: Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K.
    • Production: 1943

Specifications

  Ki-96
Type Heavy Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) 2: Mitsubishi Ha-112-II
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
Net HP 1,350 each
Propeller blades 3 Constant Speed
Dimensions  
Span 51' 1"
15.57 m
Length 37' 6 25/32"
11.45 m
Height 12' 1 21/32"
3.7 m
Wing area 365.972 sq ft
34 sq m
Weight  
Empty 10,031 lb
4,550 kg
Loaded 13,228 lb
6,000 kg
Performance  
Speed at 19,685' / 6,000 m 373 mph
600 kph
Climb to 16,405' / 5,000 m 6 minutes
Service ceiling 37,730'
11,500 m
Range 994 miles
1,600 km
Armament  
Nose 1: 37 mm Ho-203
Fuselage 2: 20 mm Ho-5
Bombs 2: 551 lb
2: 250 kg
OR  
Drop Tanks 2: 44 Gallons
2: 200 liter

Sources:

  1. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, René J Francillon, 1970
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site