Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry / Type 95


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Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry / Type 95

Four Ki-10 single-seat fighter prototypes made their appear-ance in the spring of 1935, designed by Takeo Doi (who had succeeded Richard Vogt as Kawasaki's chief designer).The Ki-10 was selected in competition with Nakajima's Ki-11 low-wing monoplane, the Japanese Army preferring the Ki-10 biplane's manoeuvrability to its opponent's slightly superior speed.

Production Ki-10-1 aircraft were powered by the 633kW Kawasaki Ha-9-IIa liquid-cooled engine, 300 of which were built be-tween 1935 and 1937 and went into service as the Army Type 95 Fighter. They featured biplane wings of unequal span, braced by N-struts and with ailerons on the upper wing only. The divided undercarriage had wheel spats. The all-metal structure was alloy sheet and fabric-covered. Armament comprised two synchronised 7.7mm Type 89 machine-guns. The improved Type 95 Model 2 had increased wing span and length, and vertical tail surfaces of greater area. This version remained in production until December 1938, 280 being completed. Meanwhile during 1936-7 three experimental variants, incorporating modifications to improve performance, were tested but rejected for production.

The Ki-10 had excellent dogfighting qualities and proved itself during the second Chinese incident. It took part in the fighting against Russian forces at Nomonhan, although by then (1939) it was largely outclassed. The Ki-10 was coded Perry by the Allies.

Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry / Type 95

 ENGINE1 x Kawasaki Ha-9-IIa, 640kW
  Take-off weight1740 kg3836 lb
  Empty weight1360 kg2998 lb
  Wingspan10.02 m33 ft 10 in
  Length7.55 m25 ft 9 in
  Height3.0 m10 ft 10 in
  Wing area23.0 m2247.57 sq ft
  Max. speed400 km/h249 mph
  Ceiling11500 m37750 ft
  Range1100 km684 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns

Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry / Type 95A three-view drawing (752 x 1060)

phil parrino, e-mail, 28.09.2021 02:29

A contemporary of the Gloster Gauntlet and the Heinkel He-51, but faster than both. I dont think this aircaft has ever gotten the recognition it deserves, perhaps because the Japanese were so secretive. Or perhaps because the West simply assumed Japanese planes couldn't be so good.


El loco, e-mail, 24.01.2014 05:33

This dick


bill, 20.06.2011 09:53

for a very long time. Do yoou know of a way or how or if Kawasaki still has the planes to build this aircraft. Sincerly Josh Wallin


Mick Dunne, e-mail, 29.12.2007 04:22

I've always liked this plane too. Met its required specs with flying collars! I presume that it was the first of the brilliant young Takeo Doi's designes.


Josh Wallin, e-mail, 09.07.2007 01:49

Sir, I have been a fan of the Ki-10(perry) for a very long time. Do yoou know of a way or how or if Kawasaki still has the planes to build this aircraft. Sincerly Josh Wallin


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