|Manufacturer||Kawasaki Heavy Industries|
|Maiden Flight||1 December 1941|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Ki-61 Hien ("flying swallow") Army Type 3 Fighters were designed around a Kawasaki Ha-40 V12 engine which was actually a license-built version of the German Daimler-Benz DB 601A engine. The first prototype flew in Dec 1941 and saw the first combat mission in spring of 1943 in New Guinea. The aircraft was used extensively by the Army during the Pacific War and the Second Sino-Japanese War up until the last days of WW2 when they flew above Japan to counter the American bombings. Some were also used as kamikaze planes.
ww2dbaseKi-61 fighters were codenamed Tony by the Allies.
Last Major Revision: Aug 2006
|Machinery||One Kawasaki Ha-40 liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine rated at 1,175hp|
|Armament||2x20mm Ho-5 cannon, 2x12.7mm Ho-103 machine guns, 2x250kg bombs|
|Wing Area||20.00 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||2,630 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||3,470 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||580 km/h|
|Rate of Climb||15.20 m/s|
|Service Ceiling||11,600 m|
|Range, Normal||580 km|
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