Ku-8 file photo [16129]

Ku-8

CountryJapan
ManufacturerNippon Kokusai Koku Kogyo K. K., Japan
Primary RoleGround Attack Aircraft

Contributor:

ww2dbaseDeveloped from the twin-engined Ki-59 passenger transport design, the Ku-8 gliders, designated by the Japanese Army as the Type 4 Special Transport Glider, were the only assault gliders the Japanese employed during WW2. They could each carry 18 troops or about 1,500 kilograms of cargo; a variant design completed in 1944 expanded the passenger capacity to 20 troops. About 700 Ku-8 gliders were built, most of which were used as transports rather in combat. The Allied code name for the Ku-8 design was initially "Goose"; it later changed to "Gander".

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Last Major Revision: Oct 2012

SPECIFICATIONS

Ku-8
ArmamentNone; capacity for 18 troops
Crew2
Span23.20 m
Length13.31 m
Weight, Maximum3,500 kg
Speed, Maximum224 km/h
Range, Normal300 km

Photographs

Ku-8 glider at rest, date unknown




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