The Yokosuka K5Y was a two-seat unequal-span biplane trainer (Allied code name: "Willow") that served in the Imperial Japanese Navy during the World War II. Due to its bright orange paint scheme (applied to all Japanese military trainers for visibility), it earned the nickname "aka-tombo", or "red dragonfly", after a type of insect common throughout Japan. The aircraft was based on the Yokosuka Navy Type 91 Intermidiate Trainer, but stability problems led to a redesign by Kawanishi in 1933. It entered service in 1934 as Navy Type 93 Intermidiate Trainer K5Y1 with fixed tail-skid landing gear, and remained in use throughout the war. Floatplane types K5Y2 and K5Y3 were also produced. A total of 5,770 examples were made by eight different manufacturers. These aircraft were the mainstay of Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service's flight training, and as intermediate trainers, they were capable of performing demanding aerobatic maneuvers. (info from Wikipedia)
Yokosuka K5Y1 Type 93
Type: Basic Trainer Service: Japanese Navy Air Force (JNAF) Crew: two Armament: none Reference: Francillon: 446 Specifications: Length: 26' 5" (8.05 m) Height: 10' 6" (3.20 m) Wingspan: 36' 1" (11.00 m) Wing area: 298.159 sq. ft (27.7 sq. m) Empty Weight: 2205 lbs (1000 kg) Max Weight: 3307 lbs (1500 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Nakajima Kotobuki 41 9-cylinder radial Horsepower: 710 hp Performance: Range: 550 nautical miles (633 st miles) Cruise Speed: 86 mph (75 kt) at 3280 ft (1000 meters) Max Speed: 132 mph (115 kt) at sea level Climb to/in: 9845 ft (3000 m) in 13 min 32 sec Ceiling: 18,700 ft (5700 m)
Production: approximately 5770 A5Ms
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