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Japan's Kawasaki Ki-60 fighter

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  • Kawasaki Ki-60 fighter

 

Design

In February 1940 Kawasaki was told to create a fighter around the liquid cooled German Daimler-Benz DB 601A engine. The Army wanted the emphasis to be placed on speed, rate of climb, and armament.

Takeo Doi and Shin Owada designed the Ki-60.

Construction

The Ki-60 was of all metal construction with fabric control surfaces.

Prototype

The first prototype was completed and then flown in March 1941. Test pilots didn't like that the prototype had a high wing load.

The second prototype had a larger wing area and a more aerodynamic cowling.

The third prototype had an even more aerodynamic cowling.

Production

  • Prototype: 3
    • Manufacturer: Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K.
    • Production: 1941

Specifications

  Ki-60
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Daimler-Benz DB 601A
Cylinders Inverted V 12
Cooling Liquid
Net HP 1,150
Propeller blades 3 metal constant speed
Dimensions  
Span 34' 5 3/8"
10.5 m
Length 27' 9 15/32"
8.47 m
Height 12' 1 21/32"
3.7 m
Wing area 174.375 sq ft
16.2 sq m
Weight  
Empty 4,740 lb
2,150 kg
Loaded 6,063 lb
2,750 kg
Performance  
Speed at 14,765' / 4,500 m 348 mph
560 kph
Climb to 16,405' / 5,000 m 8 minutes
Service ceiling 32,810'
10,000 m
Armament  
Nose 2: 12.7 mm Ho-103 MG
Wings - 1st and 2nd Prototypes 2: 20 mm Mauser MG 151 cannon
Wings - 3rd Prototype 2: 12.7 mm Ho-103 MG

Sources:

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