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 Specifications: 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) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Nakajima Kotobuki 41 or Ha-1b 9-cylinder radial engine Horsepower: 580 hp each Performance: 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
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For a very nice scale color drawing of this aircraft, see here.
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