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Kawasaki Ki-100
Technical Information

Background
Kawasaki's design team had evolved an excellent high-altitude interceptor fighter as the Ki-65-II-KAI, but by late 1944 a shortage of the Ha-140 liquid cooled inline engine was resulting in a large number of engineless airframes being held in storage.

This aircraft was a derivation of the Kawasaki Ki-61 airframe using a Ha-112 radial and a cut down rear fuselage for better cockpit visibility. The first of these conversions being flown in February 1945 under the new designation Ki-100.

With the termination of the Ki-61 production, a new version of the Type 5 replaced it on the production line.

Production
A total of 389 aircraft were built

Technical Details
Crew  One (Pilot)
Engine   1 x Mitsubishi Ha-112-II air-cooled radial
Span  39ft 4.1/2in
Length  28ft 10.1/2in
Height  12ft 3.1/2in
Maximum Speed  360 mph at 19,700'
Range  1,243 miles
Armament  (nose) 2 x 12.7mm machine guns (wings) 2 x 20mm cannon
External  Two drop tanks or two 551lb bombs

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