Kokusai Ku-8 Type 4 ("Gander")
(also codename of "Goose")

The Kokusai Ku-8 (Type 4 Special Transport Glider) is a Japanese military glider used during the Second World War. The glider was essentially a Kokusai Ki-59, with the engines and fuel tanks removed and a modified undercarriage. It could carry eighteen troops, or 1500 kg of cargo and two crew. A Ku-8-II version was produced in 1944 that used a tubular steel frame structure, and had a hinged nose that could be opened to the side allow loading. Also, its capacity was increased slightly to carry twenty troops (or a mountain cannon and its crew). In total, approximately 700 were built. They were used operationally in the Philippines, primarily to carry supplies. The Ku-8 was normally towed by a Mitsubishi Ki-21-II. It was given the Allied codename of "Goose" and later "Gander".   (info from Wikipedia)

Kokusai Ku.8 Type 4

Type:           Transport Glider
Service: 	Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF)
Crew:           n/a
Armament:       none
Reference: 	Francillon: 484

        Length:         43' 8" (13.31 m)
        Height:         n/a
        Wingspan:       76' 1.4" (23.2 m)
        Wing area:      n/a
        Empty Weight:   n/a
        Loaded Weight:  7,720 lbs (3,500 kg) 

        No. of Engines: 2
        Powerplant:     Mitsubishi Ha-26-I 14-cylinder radial engine
        Horsepower:     875 hp each 

        Range:          190 miles (300 km) 
        Cruise Speed:   n/a 
        Max Tow Speed:  139 mph (224 km/h) 
        Climb to/in:    n/a
        Ceiling:        n/a
Production:		approx. 700 Ku-8s total

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia HERE.

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