In 1934 Tachikawa was instructed to design an aircraft which, by fitting different engines, could serve as a primary trainer or as an intermediate trainer. The first prototypes were completed in late 1934, with the first flight being completed in January 1935. The Ha-13a powered intermediate trainer was accepted for production as the "Army Type 95-1 Medium Grade Trainer Model A" (with later improved versions being known as the Model B). The Ki-9s remained in service with the Japanese Army throughout the Sino-Japanese conflict and the Pacific War, and was code named "Spruce" by the Allies.
Tachikawa Ki.9 Type 95-1
Type: Basic (Medium) Trainer
Service: Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Crew: Pupil and instructor Armament: none Reference: Francillon: 246 Specifications: Length: 24' 8.25" (7.52 m) Height: 9' 10.15" (3 m) Wingspan: 33' 10.25" (10.32 m) Wing area: 263.715 sq. ft (24.5 sq. m) Empty Weight: 2238 lbs (1015 kg) Loaded Weight: 3142 lbs (1425 kg) Max Weight: n/a Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Hitachi Ha-13a 9-cylinder radial Horsepower: 350 hp Performance: Endurance: 3-5 hours Cruise Speed: 93 mph (150 km/hr) Max Speed: 149 mph (240 km/hr) Climb to/in: 3280 ft (1000 m) in 4 min 55 sec Ceiling: n/a
Production: 2618 Ki-9s built
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