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Tachikawa Ki-55 "Ida"
|Dimensions||38'9" by 26'3" by 11'11"
11.8m by 8m by 3.64m
||215 square feet
20 square meters
|Speed||217 mph at 7220 feet
249 km/h at 2200 meters
|Climb rate||24 feet per second
7.3 meters per second
|Power plant||One 510 hp (380 kW) Hitachi Ha-13a 9-cylinder radial engine driving a two-blade wooden propeller.|
|External stores||One 1102 lb (500 kg) bomb for suicide sorties|
|Production||A total of 1388 production Ki-55:
Tachikawa Hikoki K.K.:
1077 Ki-55 from October 1939 to April 1943 and November 1943 to December 1943
251 Ki-55 from February 1941 to March 1943 (Gifu plant)
60 Ki-55 from September 1941 to November 1942 (Akashi plant)
The easy handling the Ki-36 led the Japanese to begin production of a trainer version, the Ki-55. Both were known as "Ida" to the Allies. It was also known as the Army Type 99 Advanced Trainer. All unnecessary equipment was stripped and the observation windows and wheel spats were removed. Army pilots were certified when they performed their first solo flight in a Ki-55. A few Ki-55s were given to puppet governments and three found their way into the hands of the postwar Indonesian nationalist forces.
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