The Kobe (or Kobeseiko) Army Type Te-Go was a licensed built copy of the Fieseler Fi-156 Storch, developed by Kobe Steel in 1942-44 using the Argus As 10c engine. While an example first took off in a demonstration flight in 1942, the aircraft crashed with wing and undercarriage damage resulting. For whatever reason production was not undertaken on the Te-Go, and so it was not built in any quantity. Some sources say that two prototypes were built, though the second prototype was destroyed in a U.S. airstrike just after its completion. A similar aircraft to the Te-Go was the Ki-76 Stella, which filled a similar role but was reportedly not as good an aircraft as the Te-Go.
Kobe Army Type Te-Go
Type: Liaison / Observation Service: Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Crew: two (pilot and observer) Armament: one flexible rear-firing 7.7mm Type 89 machine gun two 132 lb (60 kg) bombs/depth charges (some variants) Reference: n/a Specifications: Length: 9.50 m Height: 3 m Wingspan: 13 m Wing area: 20.0 sq. m Empty Weight: n/a Loaded Weight: n/a Max Weight: 1130 kg Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Kobeseiko-Argus As 10c Horsepower: 250 hp Performance: Range: n/a Cruise Speed: n/a Max Speed: 111 mph (178 kmh) Climb to/in: n/a Ceiling: n/a
Production: two prototypes only
For a very nice scale color drawing of this aircraft, see here.
Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia HERE,
though more information can be found here: http://en.valka.cz/viewtopic.php/t/29051
If you don't see the table of contents at the left of your screen, CLICK HERE to see the rest of this website!