Tachikawa/Kawasaki Ki.36 Type 98 / Ki.55 Type 99 ("Ida")

Click HERE to see color drawings of the Ida

The Tachikawa Ki-36 (named "Ida" in Allied reporting code) was a Japanese army-cooperation aircraft of World War II. It was a two-seat, low-wing monoplane with a single piston-engine and a fixed, tailwheel-type undercarriage. The prototype, fitted with a 450hp (336kW) Hitachi Army Type 98 Ha-13 engine, first flew on 20 April 1938. Having outperformed the Mitsubishi Ki-35 in comparative trials, the Ki-36 was designated the Army Type 98 Direct Co-operation Aircraft and ordered into production in November 1938. Production ended in January 1944 after a total of 1,334 had been built. The Ki-36 first saw action in China where it saw success. Later, in the Pacific, it proved excessively vulnerable to opposing fighters. It was thereafter redeployed to the safer theatre of China. Towards the end of the war, the Ki-36 was employed as a kamikaze aircraft with a bomb of 500-kg (1,102-lb) fitted externally. The Ki-55 was the designation for a trainer version of the same aircraft, while the Ki-72 designation was for an evolved version with a 600-hp (447-kW) Hitachi Ha-38 engine and retractable undercarriage, which was never built.  (info from Wikipedia)

Tachikawa Ki.36 Type 98

Type:           Army Cooperation (Ki.36), Advanced Trainer (Ki.55)
Service: 	Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) 
Crew:           Pilot and gunner
Armament:       Ki-36 and Ki-55: one nose-mounted 7.7mm Type 89 machine gun
		Ki-36: one flexible rear-firing 7.7mm Type 89 machine gun
		Ki-36: ten 27.5 lb (12.5 kg) bombs or ten 33 lb (15 kg) bombs externally
Reference: 	Francillon: 250 

        Length:         26' 3" (8 m)
        Height:         11' 11.25" (3.64 m)
        Wingspan:       38' 8.5" (11.8 m)
        Wing area:      215.277 sq. ft (20 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   2749 lbs (1247 kg)
        Loaded Weight:  3660 lbs (1660 kg)
        Max Weight:     n/a

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Hitachi Ha-13a 9-cylinder radial
        Horsepower:     470 hp

        Range:          767 miles (1235 km)
        Cruise Speed:   147 mph (236 km/hr)
        Max Speed:      216 mph (348 km/hr) at 5905 ft (1800 m)
        Climb to/in:    9845 ft (3000 m) in 6 min 39 sec
        Ceiling:        26740 ft (8150 m)
Production:		2723 Ki-36 and Ki-55s built (ratio of almost 50% each)

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia

For a very nice scale color drawing of this aircraft, see
here and here.

Additional color schemes for this aircraft can be found here.

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