Tachikawa Ki.70 ("Clara")

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)

Tachikawa Ki.70

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

        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)

        No. of Engines: 2
        Powerplant:     Mitsubishi Ha-104M 18-cylinder radial
        Horsepower:     950 hp

        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


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