Kokusai Ku-8

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Ku-8
Ku-8-11 glider.jpg
Ku-8II
Role Transport glider
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Kokusai
Primary user Imperial Japanese Army Air Service
Number built 700
Developed from Kokusai Ki-59

The Kokusai Ku-8-II (Kokusai Type 4 Special Transport Glider[1]) was a Japanese military glider used during the Second World War. The glider was essentially a Kokusai Ki-59, with the engines and fuel tanks removed and a modified undercarriage. It was given the Allied code name Goose and later Gander. It could carry eighteen troops, or 1500 kg of cargo and two crew.

Design of the Ku-8-II began in December 1941

A Ku-8-II version was produced in 1944 that used a tubular steel frame structure, and had a hinged nose that could be opened to the side allow loading. Also, its capacity was increased slightly to carry twenty troops.[2] In total, approximately 700 were built. They were used operationally in the Philippines, primarily to carry supplies.

Variants[edit]

  • Ku-8I:Prototypes.
  • Ku-8II:Military transport glider. Production version.

Operators[edit]

Specifications[edit]

Kokusai Ku-8.svg

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 20 troops
  • Length: 13.31 m (43 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 23.20 m (76 ft 1 in)
  • Gross weight: 3,500 kg (7,720 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 224 km/h (140 mph)
  • Range: 300 km (190 miles)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese
  2. ^ *Donaldson, Graham. "The Japanese paratroopers in the Dutch East Indies, 1941-1942". The Netherlands East Indies 1941-1942. 

[Weapons and Warfare book 16, page 1682]