Kokusai Ku-8

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

The Kokusai Ku-8-II (国際 ク8 四式特殊輸送機 Kokusai ku 8 yonshiki tokushū yusōki?) (Kokusai Type 4 Special Transport Glider[1]) was a Japanese military glider used during the Second World War.

Design and development[edit]

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

A Ku-8-II version that was produced in 1944 used a tubular steel frame structure, and had a hinged nose that could be opened to the side to 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

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 20 troops
  • Length: 13.31 m (43 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 23.20 m (76 ft 1 in)
  • Width: 23.20 m (76 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.50 m ( ft in)
  • Wing area: 50.7 m2 ( ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,630 kg ( lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,500 kg (7,720 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 224 km/h (140 mph)
  • Range: 300 km (190 miles)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 15.9

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]