|Manufacturer||Nippon Kokusai Koku Kogyo K. K., Japan|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Ki-59 design had its origins in the civilian passenger aircraft project TK-3, which first saw flight in Jun 1938, but was subsequently canceled. In 1939, due to war demands, the project was revived by the Japanese Army. The first military prototype Ki-59 aircraft took flight in 1941 and was accepted into service under the designation Army Type 1 Transport. After 59 production examples were built, it was decided that Ki-59 transports suffered from poor performance, and all production ceased, with its roles taken over by the contemporary Ki-54 design. A small number of them were given to Manchukuo National Airways to be used as civilian passenger liners, while a single example was modified into an experimental glider with under-fuselage skids; the glider experiment would later give birth to a line of assault gliders (Ku-8). The Allied code name for the Ki-59 design was "Theresa".
Last Major Revision: Sep 2012
|Machinery||Two Hitachi Ha-13a radial engines rated at 450hp each|
|Armament||None; capacity for 8 passengers|
|Wing Area||38.40 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||2,880 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||4,120 kg|
|Speed, Cruising||300 km/h|
|Range, Normal||800 km|
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