|Manufacturer||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries|
|Primary Role||Heavy Bomber|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
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.
Last Major Revision: Nov 2011
|Machinery||Four Junkers Jumo 204 V-12 diesel engines rated at 750hp each|
|Armament||2x7.7mm 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|
|Wing Area||294.00 m²|
|Weight, Empty||14,912 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||25,448 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||201 km/h|
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