Kawasaki Ki.88

model box artwork

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.

Kawasaki Ki.88

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

        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

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Kawasaki Ha-140 liquid-cooled engine
        Horsepower:     1500 hp

        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


Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia HERE.

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