The Kikka was influenced by the Messerschmitt Me 262A but it was designed by the Japanese. It ended up being slightly smaller than the Me 262A. The Kikka became the only jet plane to fly in Japan during World War II.
In September 1944 the Navy asked Nakajima to design a jet propelled aircraft to be used as a bomber. The wings need to be foldable so that the aircraft could be hidden in caves and tunnels. With the addition of two 990 lb thrust rockets the Kikka could take off in 115'.
The Kikka was designed by Kazuo Ohno and Kenichi Matsumura.
- Speed: 432 mph / 435 mph / 375 knots
- Range: 125 miles / 127 statute miles / 110 nautical miles with a bomb load of 550 lbs / 1,102 lb / 500 kg
- Range: 173 statute miles / 150 nautical miles with a bomb load of 551 lb / 250 kg
- Landing Speed: 92 mph / 80 knots
- Take Off Distance: 1,150' / 350 m
Initially the engines were Tsu-11 ducted flow but they were replaced by Ne-12 turbojets and then the Ne-20 axial-flow turbojets were installed. Auxiliary rockets were used for takeoff.