|Manufacturer||Nakajima Aircraft Company|
|Maiden Flight||1 August 1940|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Ki-44 Shoki ("Demon") Type 2 Single Seat Fighters were designed for speed and climbing, targeting specifically high-flying bombers. The first flight took place in Aug 1940, and they entered service on an experimental basis in Dec 1941 when nine Ki-44s were assigned to the 47th Independent Air Company in Saigon, Indochina (Vietnam). They entered regular service in 1942. Though generally disliked by pilots for their perceived odd appearance, they were used in all areas of the Japanese Empire, operating in their intended defense roles. Some were converted to special attack aircraft at the end of the war, employing an unique tactic of mid-air collisions with Allied bombers, particularly the B-29s.
ww2dbaseAllied code name for these fighters was "Tojo".
Last Major Revision: Oct 2006
|Machinery||One Nakajima Ha-109 14-cyl radial engine rated at 1,519hp|
|Armament||4x12.7mm Type 1 machine guns|
|Wing Area||15.00 m┬▓|
|Weight, Empty||2,105 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||2,995 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||605 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||11,200 m|
|Range, Normal||1,700 km|
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