Kawasaki Ki-56 (一式貨物輸送機, Type 1 Freight Transport) was a Japanese two-engine light transport aircraft used during World War II. It was known to the Allies by the reporting name " Thalia". 121 were built between 1940 and 1943.
Design and development [ edit ]
The Kawasaki Ki-56 was derived from the
Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra aircraft that the Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (The Kawasaki Aircraft Engineering Company Limited) had built under licence. In September 1939 Kawasaki was asked by the Koku Hombu to design an improved version as Ki-56. A number was also built by the Tachikawa company. [1 ]
Specifications (Ki-56) [ edit ]
Data from Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft; [2 ] Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War [3 ]
Crew: Four (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, & radio operator)
Capacity: 14 passengers
Length: 14.90 m (48 ft 10 in)
19.96 m (65 ft 6 in) Wingspan:
Height: 3.6 m (11 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 51.2 m² (551 ft²)
4,672 kg (10,300 lb) Empty weight:
Loaded weight: 8,024 kg (17,692 lb)
Useful load: 2,400 kg (5,280 lb)
2 × Powerplant: Nakajima Ha-25 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engines, 739 kW (990 hp) each
400 km/h (215 kn, 248 mph) at 3,500 m (11,480 ft) Maximum speed:
3,300 km (1,782 nmi, 2,060 mi) Range:
8,000 m (26,250 ft) Service ceiling:
156.7 kg/m² (32.1 lb/ft²) Wing loading:
0.18 kW/kg (4.05 kg/hp; 8.9 lb/hp) Power/mass:
Time to altitude: 12 min. 38 sec. to 3,000 metres (9,800 ft)
See also [ edit ]
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
References [ edit ]
Francillon, Ph.D., René J.
Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company, 1970 (Second edition 1979). ISBN 0-370-30251-6. Jackson, Robert.
The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft. Parragon, 2002. ISBN 0-7525-8130-9.
External links [ edit ]