Kawasaki Ka 87
|Do N, Ka 87|
|Manufacturer||Kawasaki Kōkūki Kōgyō K.K.|
|Designer||Richard Vogt of Dornier|
|First flight||19 February 1926|
|Primary user||Imperial Japanese Army Air Force|
The Dornier N was a bomber aircraft designed in Germany in the 1920s for production in Japan. Production of 28 aircraft started in Japan in 1927, as the Kawasaki Ka 87 (also known as the Type 87 Night Bomber). Designed and built as a landplane, its layout was strongly reminiscent of the Dornier flying boats of the same period; a parasol-wing, strut-braced monoplane with two engines, mounted in a push-pull nacelle above the wing. Some of the 28 examples built saw action in Manchuria in 1931.
Data from Japanese Aircraft 1910–1941
- Crew: six (pilot, co-pilot, bombardier, navigator, radio operator and engineer)
- Length: 18.0 m (59 ft 1 in)
- Wingspan: 26.80 m (87 ft 11 in)
- Height: 5.85 m (19 ft 2 in)
- Wing area: 121 m2 (1,300 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 4,400 kg (9,700 lb)
- Gross weight: 7,700 kg (16,976 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Kawasaki BMW VI water-cooled V-12 engines, 450 kW (600 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 181 km/h; 98 kn (112.5 mph) at sea level
- Cruise speed: 171 km/h; 92 kn (106 mph)
- Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,000 ft)
- Time to altitude: 44 minutes to 3,000 ft (910 m)
- Guns: 5× 7.7 mm machine guns (twin mounts in nose and dorsal positions, single gun in ventral position)
- Bombs: 1000 kg (2200 lb)
- Mikesh and Abe 1990, pp. 144–145.
- Mikesh, Robert C.; Abe, Shorzoe (1990). Japanese Aircraft 1910–1941. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-840-2.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 328.
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