|Primary user||IJA Air Force|
|Number built||937 including a single prototype|
Design and development
In 1940, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force ordered the Nippon Kokusai Koku Kogyo to produce an artillery spotting and liaison aircraft. The resulting Ki-76 was inspired by, and similar to, the German Fieseler Fi 156 "Storch", although not a direct copy. Like the Storch, it was a high-winged monoplane with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage. However, rather than the slotted flaps used by the German aircraft, the Ki-76 used Fowler flaps, while it was powered by Hitachi Ha-42 radial engine rather than the Argus As 10 inline engine of the Storch.
First flying in May 1941, the Ki-76 proved successful when evaluated against an example of the Fi-156, and was ordered into production as the Army Type 3 Command Liaison Plane in November 1942.
The Ki-76 remained in service as an artillery spotter and liaison aircraft until the end of the war. Ki-76s were also used as anti-submarine aircraft, operating from the Japanese Army's escort carrier, the Akitsu Maru, being fitted with an arrestor hook and carrying two 60 kg (132 lb) depth charges.
- Crew: Two (pilot & observer)
- Length: 9.65 m (31 ft 4 in)
- Wingspan: 15.0 m (49 ft 2 in)
- Height: 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
- Wing area: 29.4 m² (316 ft²)
- Empty weight: 1,110 kg (2,447 lb)
- Loaded weight: 1,530 kg (3,373 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 1,623 kg (3,571 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Hitachi Ha-42 nine cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 231 kW (310 hp)
- Maximum speed: 178 km/h (96 knots, 111 mph) at sea level
- Range: 750 km (405 nm, 466 mi)
- Service ceiling: 5,630 m (18,470 ft)
- 1× 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine gun in rear cockpit
- 2× 60 kg (132 lb) depth charges (some variants)
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