Ki-2 file photo [13795]

Ki-2

CountryJapan
ManufacturerMitsubishi Heavy Industries
Primary RoleLight Bomber

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe Ki-2 aircraft, employed by the Japanese Army as the Army Type 93 Twin-engine Light Bombers, were modified upon a German design. They first took flight in May 1933, served in counter-insurgency operations in northeastern China (Manchuria) throughout the 1930s, and saw action in support of Japanese Army operations when the war began in 1937. By the late 1930s, they were considered obsolete, thus they were largely relegated to training roles.

ww2dbaseBetween 1936 and 1939, the newspaper company Asahi Shimbun operated a civilian version of the Ki-2-II variant. This aircraft broke a number of records, including making the 4,930-kilometer flight from the Tachikawa airfield in Tokyo to Bangkok, Thailand in 21 hours and 36 minutes in Dec 1936.

ww2dbaseBetween 1933 and 1938, a total of 187 Ki-2 aircraft were built, 126 of which were of the original Ki-2-I variant, and 61 were of the improved Ki-2-II variant.

ww2dbaseThe Allied code name for the Ki-2 bombers was Louise.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Nov 2011

SPECIFICATIONS

Ki-2-I
MachineryTwo Nakajima Jupiter nine cylinder air-cooled radial engines rated at 603hp each
Armament2x7.7 mm machine guns, 500kg of bombs
Crew3
Span19.95 m
Length12.60 m
Height4.64 m
Wing Area56.20 m
Weight, Empty2,800 kg
Weight, Maximum4,500 kg
Speed, Maximum225 km/h
Service Ceiling7,000 m
Range, Normal900 km

Photographs

Ki-2 bomber in flight, date unknownKi-2-I light bomber at rest, date unknownMiddle school children in Taiwan taking a group photograph with a visiting Japanese Army Ki-2 bomber and crew, date unknown




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