Mitsubishi Ki.109

Click HERE to see color drawings of the Ki-109

Several experimental versions of the Ki-67 were designed in the last years of the war. The only design of any consequence was the the transformation of the Ki-67 to a heavy fighter. Twenty-two planes of this model, known as the Ki-109, were built. The only differences from the original were in the armament and the forward part of the fuselage. The glassed-in nose was replaced by a faired 75mm cannon. This gun had 15 projectiles. It was to be used against the American B-29s at high altitude. Test results were satisfactory, but by the time a sufficient number of aircraft were ready, there had been a radical change in Allied tactics and the planes were no longer needed, because the B-29s began making night raids at low altitude.

Mitsubishi Ki.109

Type:           night fighter / daylight heavy fighter
Service: 	Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF)
Crew:           four
Armament:       one forward firing 75mm cannon in nose
		one 12.7mm Type 1 machine gun in tail turret
		2205 lb (1000 kg) of bombs maximum
Reference: 	Francillon: 196, Mondey: n/a

        Length:         58' 10.75" (17.95 m)
        Height:         19' 1" (5.8 m)
        Wingspan:       73.82' 10" (22.5 m)
        Wing area:      708.801 sq. ft (65.85 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   16,367 lbs (7424 kg)
        Loaded Weight:  23,810 lbs (10,800 kg)

        No. of Engines: 2
        Powerplant:     Mitsubishi Ha-104 18-cylinder radial
        Horsepower:     1900 hp each

        Max Range:      1367 miles (2200 km)
        Cruise Speed:   n/a
        Max Speed:      342 mph (550 km/hr) at 19980 ft
        Climb to/in:    n/a
        Ceiling:        n/a
Production:		approximately 22 Ki-109s total

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at the Military Factory webpage HERE.

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

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