The Tachikawa Ki-70 "CLARA" was a high speed photo reconnaissance aircraft that was tested for the Japanese Air Force in prototype form but never fully entered production. The Ki-70 was the intended successor to the Mitsubishi Ki-46 but was difficult to handle besides being slower than the Mitsubishi Ki-46. The Ki-70 was first flown in 1943 but was found unfavorable and the program was scrapped. Three were built. (info from Wikipedia)
Type: Command Reconnaissance Service: Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Crew: three Armament: one flexible forward-firing 7.7mm Type 89 machine gun one flexible rear-firing 12.7mm Ho-103 machine gun Reference: Francillon: 258, Mikesh: 40 Specifications: Length: 47' 7" (14.5 m) Height: 11' 4.25" (3.46 m) Wingspan: 58' 4.75" (17.8 m) Wing area: 462 sq. ft (43 sq. m) Empty Weight: 12996 lbs (5895 kg) Max Weight: 23589 lbs (10700 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Mitsubishi Ha-104M 18-cylinder radial Horsepower: 950 hp Performance: Range: 1056 miles (1700 km) Cruise Speed: 236 mph (380 km/hr) Max Speed: 304 mph (647 km/hr) at 17,715 ft (5400 m) Climb to/in: 16405 ft (5000 m) in 5 min Ceiling: 36090 ft (11000 m)
Production: three Ki-70s built
Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia HERE.
For a very nice scale color drawing of this aircraft, see here.
(go to Tachikawa page)
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