USAF. Via Francillon (1979)
Tachikawa Ki-17 "Cedar"
||2 in tandem open cockpits
|Dimensions||32'3" by 25'7" by 9'8"
9.82m by 7.8m by 2.95m
|Cruising speed||81 mph
|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.|
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.
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