In 1938 Japan used the American Lockheed 14 as a high speed civil freight and mail transport. With both imported and domestic models in service during the war, they were coded "Toby". The name was dropped in favor of "Thelma" for both the military and civil versions.
Kawasaki-Lockheed 14 WG3 Super-Electra
Type: Personnel Transport Service: Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Crew: crew of 3, plus 12 passengers Armament: none Reference: Francillon: 507 Specifications: Length: 49' 2.6" (13.42 m) Height: 11' 5.5" (3.49 m) Wingspan: 65' 6" (19.995 m) Wing area: 552.193 sq. ft (51.3 sq. m) Empty Weight: 10906 lbs (4947 kg) Loaded Weight: 15653 lbs (7100 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Mitsubishi Ha-26-I 14-cylinder radial engine Horsepower: 875 hp each Performance: Range: approx. 2,125 miles (3,420 km) * Cruise Speed: n/a Max Speed: 260 mph (418 km/h) at 11710 ft (3570 m) Climb to/in: n/a Ceiling: approx. 24,500 ft (7,649 m) *
* statistics with American (Wright) engines
Production: 119 Type LO transports total
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