Nakajima Ki.34 Type 97 ("Thora")
Nakajima L1N1 ("Thora")

Standard paratroop and passenger transport used by the Army and Navy, and by the civil airlines as the AT-2, the Type 97 was well-known in the West. The original list of Allied codenames early in the war listed the type as "Thora". Nakajima had manufactured the aircraft as a scaled-down version of the DC-2. Some Ki-34s were handed over to the Japanese Navy and were designated L1N1.

Nakajima Ki.34 Type 97

Type:           Transport
Service: 	Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF)
Crew:           crew of 3, plus 8 passengers
Armament:       none
Reference: 	Francillon: 204

        Length:         50' 2.4" (15.3 m)
        Height:         13' 7.4" (4.15 m)
        Wingspan:       65' 0.2" (19.916 m)
        Wing area:      529.582 sq. ft (49.2 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   7716 lbs (3500 kg)
        Loaded Weight:  11574 lbs (5250 kg)

        No. of Engines: 2
        Powerplant:     Nakajima Kotobuki 41 or Ha-1b 9-cylinder radial engine
        Horsepower:     580 hp each 

        Range (max):    745 miles (1200 km) 
        Cruise Speed:   193 mph (310 km/h)
        Max Speed:      224 mph (360 km/h) at 11025 ft (3360 m)
        Climb to/in:    9840 ft (3000 m) in 6 min 38 sec
        Ceiling:        22,965 ft (7000 m) 
Production:		351 Ki-34s and L1N1s total

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia HERE.

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

(go to Nakajima page)

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