Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kawasaki Ki-88

With its 1,500 hp Kawasaki Ha-140 liquid-cooled engine mounted behind the cockpit and driving a tractor propeller via an extension shaft, the Kawasaki Ki-88 was inspired by the Bell P-39 Airacobra of the US Army Air Forces. Proposed armament comprised a 37 mm (1.46 in) cannon in the propeller shaft and two 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon in the lower section of the nose. Design of the Ki-88 was undertaken in August 1942 but, following the inspection of a full-scale mock-up, development was discontinued within a year as its calculated maximum speed of 600 km/h (373 mph) at 6,000 m (19,685 ft) was only slightly higher than that of the Ki-61 already in production. Span 12.4 m (40 ft 8 3/16 in); length 10.2 m (33 ft 5 9/16 in). Loaded weight 3,900 kg (8,598 lb).

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