Fuji T-5

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T-5
T-5 Ozuki (22103680772).jpg
Role Basic trainer
Manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries
First flight 28 June 1984
Introduction 1988
Primary user Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Developed from Fuji KM-2

The Fuji T-5 or KM-2Kai is a Japanese turboprop-driven primary trainer aircraft, which is a development of the earlier Fuji KM-2. The student and the instructor sit side-by-side.

Design and development[edit]

The Fuji T-5 was developed by Fuji Heavy Industries as a replacement for the piston-engined Fuji KM-2 (itself a development of the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor) as a primary trainer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Fuji refitted a KM-2 with an Allison Model 250 turboprop engine in place of the original Lycoming piston engine, the resulting KM-2D first flying on 28 June 1984 [1] and being certified on 14 February 1985.[1][2] The KM-2Kai is a further development of the KM-2D, with a modernised cockpit with side-by-side seating and a sliding canopy replacing the original KM-2's car type side doors [2] (which were retained by the KM-2D[1]).

The T-5 is an all-metal low-wing cantilever monoplane powered by an Allison 250-B17D turboprop with a three-bladed constant speed propeller. It has a retractable tricycle landing gear with the main gear retracting inwards and nose gear rearwards. The T-5 has an enclosed cabin with a sliding canopy and two side-by-side seats, and dual controls, in the aerobatic version and four seats in pairs in the utility version.

Operational history[edit]

T-5 Trainer.jpg

The KM-2Kai was ordered by the JMSDF as the T-5 in March 1987,[2] with deliveries of the KM2-Kai to the Japanese Self Defence Forces beginning in 1988, with a total of 40 being built. The T-5 serves with the 201 Air Training Squadron at Ozuki Air Field.[3] The original KM-2 is no longer in service.

Operators[edit]

 Japan

Specifications (T-5)[edit]

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide [4]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

  • None fitted as standard

See also[edit]

Related development

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Taylor, JWR (Editor) (1988). Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1988-1989. Coulsden, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d Donald, David; Lake, Jon, eds. (1996). Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing. ISBN 1-874023-95-6. 
  3. ^ "Scramble". Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  4. ^ Rendall, David (1995). Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide. Glasgow, UK: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 505. ISBN 0-00-4709802. 
  5. ^ a b Taylor, M J H (editor) (1999). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000 Edition. London: Brassey's. ISBN 1-85753-245-7.