Kawasaki Ki.60

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.

Kawasaki Ki.60

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

        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)

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Daimler-Benz DB 601A 12-cyclinder inverted-vee liquid-cooled engine
        Horsepower:     1100 hp

        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
(go to Kawasaki page)

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