|Manufacturer||Kawasaki Heavy Industries|
|Primary Role||Reconnaissance Aircraft|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe KDA-2 aircraft began their careers as the Japanese Army Type 88-1 Reconnaissance Biplane. They were designed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries chief engineer Richard Vogt in the mid-1920s, and the maiden flight was taken in 1927. A light bomber variant, Type 88 Light Bomber, entered production one year later, featuring reinforced lower wing and lower fuselage to carry a light payload of bombs. When production ceased in 1932, 710 reconnaissance aircraft and 407 light bombers were built for a total of 1,117 (which did not include the about 5 prototype aircraft). In the mid-1930s, Manshu Aircraft Company in the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo license-built a small number of the KDA-2 aircraft. KDA-2 reconnaissance aircraft and light bombers saw actions in the early phases of the war against China, but by 1940 they were considered obsolete and were withdrawn from service.
Last Major Revision: Jul 2012
|Machinery||One BMW VI engine rated at 600hp|
|Armament||1x7.7mm forward Type 89 machine gun, 1x7.7mm flexible Type 89 machine gun, externally-mounted bombs|
|Wing Area||48.00 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||1,800 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||2,850 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||221 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||6,200 m|
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