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Ki-55 "Ida", Japanese Trainer Aircraft


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Tachikawa Ki-55 "Ida"


Specifications:


Crew
2
Dimensions 38'9" by 26'3" by 11'11"
11.8m by 8m by 3.64m
Wing area
215 square feet
20 square meters
Weight 2848-3794 lbs
1292-1721 kg
Speed 217 mph at 7220 feet
249 km/h at 2200 meters
Cruising speed       146 mph
2356 km/h
Climb rate 24 feet per second
7.3 meters per second
Ceiling 26,900 feet
8200 meters
Power plant One 510 hp (380 kW) Hitachi Ha-13a 9-cylinder radial engine driving a two-blade wooden propeller.
Armament None
External stores One 1102 lb (500 kg) bomb for suicide sorties
Range 659 miles
1060 km
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

  Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K.:

    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.

References

Francillon (1979)



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