Kawasaki Ki.56 Type 1 ("Thalia")

The Kawasaki Ki-56, known as "Thalia" to the Allies, saw service in all operational theaters as an all-around transport plane. The plane was derived from the Lockheed 14, which Kawasaki began building under license in 1939. The Ki-56 had a longer fuselage than the Lockheed, an altered wing-support system, and a lighter-weight structure. The first two prototypes appeared in November, 1940. During tests the Ki-56 proved generally superior to the Lockheed 14. Production of this plane continued until September, 1943 and a total of 121 aircraft came off the assembly lines. The Ki-56 could carry 5,280 pounds of cargo in addition to its four man crew.

Kawasaki Ki.56 Type 1

Type:           Transport
Service: 	Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF)
Crew:           crew of 4, plus 5291 lbs of freight
Armament:       none
Reference: 	Francillon: 108

        Length:         48' 10.6" (14.9 m)
        Height:         11' 9.75" (3.6 m)
        Wingspan:       65' 6" (19.964 m)
        Wing area:      551.117 sq. ft (51.2 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   10791 lbs (4895 kg)
        Loaded Weight:  17692 lbs (8025 kg)

        No. of Engines: 2
        Powerplant:     Nakajima Ha-25 14-cylinder radial engine
        Horsepower:     970 hp each 

        Range:          n/a 
        Cruise Speed:   n/a 
        Max Speed:      248.5 mph (400 km/h) at 11480 ft (3500 m)
        Climb to/in:    9845 ft (3000 m) in 12 min 38 sec
        Ceiling:        26,250 ft (8000 m) 
Production:		121 Ki-56s total

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia

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

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