The Kawasaki Ki-60 was designed at the same time as the Kawasaki Ki-61, using the same engine. The difference was that the Ki-60 was to be a heavy interceptor, and the Ki-61 was to be a lighter all-purpose fighter. Unlike the Ki-61, however, the emphasis in the Ki-60 was on speed, rate of climb, and cannon armament. The first Ki-61 prototype flew in March 1941, but further testing proved it to be unpopular with the test pilots. Further improvements were made during its development, but ultimately the Ki-60 project was abandoned in favor of the Ki-61. Only three prototypes were ever built.
Type: Army Experimental Interceptor Fighter Service: Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Crew: Pilot Armament: two 12.7mm Type 1 (Ho-103) machine guns in nose two 12.7mm Type 1 (Ho-103) machine guns in wings Reference: Francillon: 112, Mondey: n/a Specifications: Length: 27' 9.5" (8.47 m) Height: 12' 1.75" (3.7 m) Wingspan: 34' 5.5" (10.4 m) Wing area: 174.375 sq. ft (16.2 sq. m) Empty Weight: 4740 lbs (2150 kg) Loaded Weight: 6063 lbs (2750 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Daimler-Benz DB 601A 12-cyclinder inverted-vee liquid-cooled engine Horsepower: 1100 hp Performance: Range: n/a Cruise Speed: n/a Max Speed: 348 mph (560 km/h) at 14,765 ft (4500 m) Climb to/in: 16,405 ft (5000 m) in 8 min 0 sec Ceiling: 32,810 ft (10,000 m)
Production: only three prototypes made
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 Kawasaki page)
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