Kawasaki Ka 87

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Do N, Ka 87
Kawasaki Army Type 87 Heavy Bomber.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Kawasaki Kōkūki Kōgyō K.K.
Designer Richard Vogt of Dornier
First flight 19 February 1926
Primary user Imperial Japanese Army Air Force
Number built 28

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.

Specifications[edit]

Data from Japanese Aircraft 1910–1941[1]

General characteristics

  • 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

Performance

  • 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)

Armament

  • Guns: 5× 7.7 mm machine guns (twin mounts in nose and dorsal positions, single gun in ventral position)
  • Bombs: 1000 kg (2200 lb)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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