The Kawasaki Ki-88 was a proposed design that was inspired by the Bell P-39 Airacobra of the US Army Air Forces. It had its liquid-cooled engine mounted behind the cockpit and driving a tractor propeller via an extension shaft. Design was undertaken in 1942 but, following the inspection of a full-scale mockup, development was discontinued within a year as its calculated maximum speed was only slightly higher than that of the Ki-61 already in production.
Type: Fighter Service: Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Crew: Pilot Armament: 37mm cannon in the propeller shaft two 20mm cannons in the lower nose Reference: Francillon: 483 Specifications: Length: 33' 5.5" (10.2 m) Height: n/a Wingspan: 40' 8.2" (12.4 m) Wing area: n/a Empty Weight: n/a Loaded Weight: 8598 lbs (3900 kg) Max Weight: n/a Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Kawasaki Ha-140 liquid-cooled engine Horsepower: 1500 hp Performance: Range (normal): n/a Cruise Speed: n/a Max Speed: 373 mph (592 km/h) at 19,685 ft Climb to/in: n/a Ceiling: n/a
Production: none made
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