Ki-20 file photo [13776]


ManufacturerMitsubishi Heavy Industries
Primary RoleHeavy Bomber


ww2dbaseThe German aircraft manufacturer Junker built two G.38 airliners, with the first prototype on 6 Nov 1929. It was purchased by the German Air Ministry on 27 Mar 1930 and set several world records with this high performance design. This design caught the eyes of the Japanese firm Mitsubishi, who purchased the rights to license-build a military version of it. Designated Ki-20, the 6 examples built were operated by the Japanese Army as the Army Type 92 heavy bomber. When the war began in 1937, they represented the largest bombers operated by the Japanese Army, and they were guarded as secret weapons, revealing only in 1940. Later in the war, they became obsolete, and served only in transport and support roles.

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MachineryFour Junkers Jumo 204 V-12 diesel engines rated at 750hp each
Armament2x7.7mm nose machine guns, 1x20mm dorsal cannon, 2x7.7mm upper wing turret machine guns, 2x7.7mm lower wing turret machine guns, up to 5,000kg of external bombs
Span44.00 m
Length23.20 m
Height7.00 m
Wing Area294.00 m²
Weight, Empty14,912 kg
Weight, Loaded25,448 kg
Speed, Maximum201 km/h


German G.38 airliner Ki-20 heavy bomber at rest, circa 1930sKi-20 heavy bomber at rest at the airfield in Hamamatsu, Japan, 1940s

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1. Carlos says:
16 Nov 2014 10:55:47 AM

I would like to Thank You for publishing so much and valuable information,which otherwise should be hard to find. The photos are great too. I`ll keep on reading and looking. Thanks again.
2. Capt. Gloval says:
28 Jul 2022 12:32:23 PM

Did this plane have an Allied code name and if so what was it?

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