Kawasaki Ki.64 ("Rob")



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The Kawasaki Ki-64 to meet a 1940 specification for a fighter capable of 435 mph and reaching 16,400 feet in five minutes. The resulting design was interesting in that it used the Kawasaki Ha-201 engine, which was actually two Ha-40 12-cylinder engines mounted in tandem fore and aft of the pilot's cockpit, which drove two contra-rotating propellers. Another unique feature of the Ki-64 was the steam vapor cooling system for the engines, which was installed in the wings. First flights occurred in December of 1943. A production version with a more powerful engine was believed to be capable of 497 mph, but the project was canceled in favor of more conventional aircraft already in production.

Kawasaki Ki.64

Type:           Experimental Fighter
Service: 	Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF)
Crew:           Pilot
Armament:       four 20 mm Ho-5 cannon (2 in nose, 2 in wings)
Reference: 	Francillon: 122, Mondey: n/a

Specifications:
        Length:         36' 2.25" (11.03 m)
        Height:         13' 11.25" (4.25 m)
        Wingspan:       44' 3.5" (13.5 m)
        Wing area:      301.388 sq. ft (28 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   8929 lbs (4050 kg)
        Loaded Weight:  11244 lbs (5100 kg)

Propulsion:
        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Kawasaki Ha-201 24-cyclinder inverted-vee liquid-cooled engine
        Horsepower:     2350 hp

Performance:
        Range (normal): n/a
        Range (max): 	n/a
        Cruise Speed:   n/a 
        Max Speed:      429 mph (690 km/h) at 16405 ft (5000 m)
        Climb to/in:    16,405 ft (5000 m) in 5 min 30 sec
        Ceiling:        39,370 ft (12,000 m)
Production:		one prototype completed


For a very nice scale color drawing of this aircraft, see
here.

Additional color schemes for this aircraft can be found here.

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