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K11W Shiragiku ("White Chrysanthemum")
|Dimensions||49'3" by 33'8" by 12'11"
14.98m by 10.24m by 3.93m
|Speed||143 mph at 5580 feet
230 km/h at 1700 meters
|Cruising speed||109 mph at 3280 feet
175 km/h at 1000 meters
|Climb rate||8.4 feet per second
2.6 meters per second
|Power plant||One 515 hp (384 kW) Hitachi GK2B Amakaze 21 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine driving a two-bladed metal propeller.|
|Armament||1 rear-firing flexible 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun|
|External stores||2 30kg (66lb) bombs
1 250 kg (551lb) bomb as kamikaze
|Production||A total of 798 aircraft (1942-11 to 1945-8)
The K11W2 was an all-wood version built in small numbers.
The Q3W1 Nankai ("South Seas") was a two-seat antisubmarine version that failed to reach production after the prototype made a belly landing.
The K11W Shiraguki was a trainer for bomber
crewmen with a rather
unusual configuration. The pilot and radio
operator/gunner sat in a greenhouse canopy above the wing while the
instructor, navigator, and bombardier were in a cabin located under the
The design originated in 1940 at Watanabe Tekkosho
K.K. as a replacement for the K3M. The design resembled the American O-47. The prototype made its first
flight in November 1942 and proceeded rapidly into production as no
significant bugs were encountered. However, by the time production
started, Watanabe Tekkosho had been absorbed into Kyushu Hikoki K.K.
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