Ki-56 file photo [18503]


ManufacturerKawasaki Aircraft Company Limited
Primary RoleTransport


ww2dbaseIn the late 1930s, Kawasaki Aircraft Company Limited gained the right to build Lockheed's Model 14 Super Electra under license. In Sep 1939, the Japanese Navy approached Kawasaki to improve upon it for military duty, and the Ki-56 design was the result. They entered service in 1940 under the official designation of Navy Type 1 Freight Transport aircraft. They were used for transporting cargo as well as for the deployment of paratroopers to the front lines; in the latter role, they participated in the airborne assault on Sumatra, Dutch East Indies in 1942. Between 1940 and 1943, Kawasaki and Tachikawa built a total of 121 Ki-56 aircraft.

ww2dbaseThe Allied reporting name for the Ki-56 design was "Thalia".

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Jun 2013


MachineryTwo Nakajima Ha-25 14-cyl air-cooled radial engines rated at 990hp each
ArmamentNone; capacity for 2,400kg of cargo or 14 passengers
Span19.96 m
Length14.90 m
Height3.60 m
Wing Area51.20 m
Weight, Empty4,672 kg
Weight, Maximum8,024 kg
Speed, Maximum400 km/h
Service Ceiling8,000 m
Range, Normal3,300 km


Japanese paratroopers boarding a Ki-56 transport aircraft, date unknownKi-56 aircraft at rest, date unknownKi-56 aircraft at rest, date unknownJapanese paratroopers descending on Pangkalan Benteng airfield or Pladju refineries in southern Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, 13 Feb 1942, photo 2 of 2
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