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Ki-17 "Cedar”, Japanese Trainer Aircraft


Photograph of Ki-17 "Cedar" primary trainer aircraft

USAF. Via Francillon (1979)


Tachikawa Ki-17 "Cedar"


Specifications


Crew
2 in tandem open cockpits
Dimensions 32'3" by 25'7" by 9'8"
9.82m by 7.8m by 2.95m
Weight 1362-1984 lbs
618-900 kg
Maximum speed     
106 mph
170 km/h
Cruising speed       81 mph
130 km/h
Ceiling 17,390 feet
5300 meters
Power plant One Army Type 95 (Hitachi Ha-12) 7-cylinder air cooled radial engine rated at 150 hp for takeoff, driving a two-blade wooden propeller.
Range 280 miles
450 km
Production A total of 560 Ki-17 at Tachikawa from 1935 to 1944


The Ki-17 "Cedar" biplane trainer was designed to replace the unsatisfactory Ki-9 "Spruce". Unlike the earlier design, it did not try to fulfill the roles of both primary and secondary trainer, but was exclusively a primary trainer. This meant that it could be designed to a 6 g stress rather than the 12 g of the Ki-9. The result was an unusually light biplane that was rushed into production in 1935 to train the large number of pilots required to expand the Army aviation program.

References

Francillon (1979)



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