The Kawasaki Ki-102 was designed in late 1943 to replace the Ki-45 Toryu in all its functions: heavy fighter, ground attack, and night fighter. It would have been an excellent replacement had its development not coincided with the increasing failure of Japan's war effort. A total of 241 of the fast two-engine planes were built in three versions. The Ki-102b (first to go into production) was designed for ground attack, and a total of 215 of this type were built. The Ki-102a was a heavy fighter, and 26 examples of this were built. The Ki-102c was the night fighter version, but it never got past the prototype stage.
Type: Ground Attack Service: Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Crew: 2 (Pilot and radio-operator) Armament: two 20 mm Ho-5 cannon in the fuselage belly one 57 mm Ho-401 cannon in the nose one rear-firing flexible 12.7 mm Ho-103 machine gun two 551 lb (250 kg) bombs externally Reference: Francillon: 137, Mondey: Specifications: Length: 37' 6.75" (11.45 m) Height: 12' 1.75" (3.7 m) Wingspan: 51' 1" (15.57 m) Wing area: 365.972 sq. ft (34 sq. m) Empty Weight: 10,913 lbs (4950 kg) Loaded Weight: 16,094 lbs (7300 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Mitsubishi Ha-112-II 14-cylinder radial Horsepower: 1500 hp each Performance: Range: 1243 miles (2000 km) Cruise Speed: n/a Max Speed: 360 mph (580 km/h) at 19,685 ft (6000 m) Climb to/in: 16,405 ft (5000 m) in 6 min 54 sec Ceiling: 32,810 ft (10,000 m)
Production: approximately 238 Ki-102s total
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For several very nice scale color drawings of this aircraft, see here (4 versions available on left).
Additional color schemes for this aircraft can be found here.
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