Mitsubishi Ki-2

 

1st Flight 1933

The Mitsubishi Ki-2 was a light bomber built for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service in the 1930s.

Despite its antiquated appearance, the Ki-2 was successfully used in Manchukuo and in North China during the early stages of the Second Sino-Japanese War, in areas where danger from enemy fighter aircraft was minimal.

It was later used in a training role.

Variants

Ki-2-I

Initial production variant, powered by two 435 hp (324 kW) Nakajima Kotobuki radial engines.

Ki-2-II 

Final production variant with nose turret and semi-retractable main landing gear, powered by two 559 hp (417 kW) Mitsubishi Ha-8 engines.

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A single de-militarized long-range record-breaking aircraft operated by Asahi Shimbun.

Specifications

Crew: 3

Length: 12.6 m (41 ft 4 in)

Wingspan: 19.9 m (65 ft 3 in)

Height: 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)

Wing area: 56 m2 (600 sq ft)

Empty weight: 2,800 kg (6,173 lb)

Gross weight: 4,500 kg (9,921 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Nakajima Kotobuki 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engines, 324 kW (435 hp) each

Propellers: 2-bladed wooden fixed pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140 mph, 121 kn)

Range: 900 km (560 mi, 490 nmi)

Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Armament

Guns: 2× to 3× 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns: single or twin machine guns in the nose turret, one in the dorsal turret

Bombs: 300 kg (660 lb) (small run) or 500 kg (1,100 lb)(heavy run) of bombs.

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