Kawasaki Ki-102 Randy
1944
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Kawasaki Ki-102 Randy

Derived from the Ki-96 twin-engine single-seat fighter, development of which was abandoned after three prototypes had been completed, the Kawasaki Ki-102b was intended as a two-seat attack fighter for primary deployment in the close-support role. Some assemblies of the Ki-96 prototypes were incorporated into the three Ki-102 prototypes, the first of which was completed in March 1944. A cantilever mid-wing monoplane with a conventional tail unit, retractable tailwheel landing gear and two Mitsubishi Ha-112-11 radial engines, the Ki-102 accommodated its two-man crew in separate enclosed cockpits in tandem, Completion of the prototypes was followed by the construction of 20 preproduction aircraft and in October 1944 the type was ordered into production. With the Imperial Japanese Army still anxious to procure a twin-engine high-altitude fighter, Kawasaki modified six of the preproduction Ki- 102s to serve as prototypes of such an interceptor. This differed from the attack fighter by having improved two-seat accommodation, a revised tail unit and Mitsubishi Ha-112-IIru engines with turbochargers. Successful testing of this version in mid-1944 resulted in a high-priority production order, but problems with the turbocharged engine resulted in only about 15 being delivered to the army before the war ended. The design had also been revised to produce a night-fighter version under the designation Ki- 102c, but there was only time to complete two examples. These had increased wing span, a lengthened fuselage, redesigned tail surfaces, primitive AI radar, and armament comprising two 30mm Ho-105 cannon in the underfuselage and two 20mm Ho-5 cannon mounted obliquely in the fuselage to fire forward and upward. Ki-102b aircraft, which were allocated the Allied codename 'Randy', saw comparatively little service, some being used in action over Okinawa, but the majority were held in reserve in Japan.

Kawasaki Ki-102 Randy


Specification 
 MODELKi-102b
 CREW2
 ENGINE2 x Mitsubishi Ha-112-II, 1125kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight7300 kg16094 lb
    Empty weight4950 kg10913 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan15.57 m51 ft 1 in
    Length11.45 m38 ft 7 in
    Height3.7 m12 ft 2 in
    Wing area34 m2365.97 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed580 km/h360 mph
    Ceiling13500 m44300 ft
    Range2000 km1243 miles
 ARMAMENT1 x 57mm cannon, 1 x 12.7mm machine-guns

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Kawasaki Ki-102 RandyA three-view drawing (752 x 997)

Comments
baiwang, 20.06.2011

saw comparatively little service, some being used in action over Okinawa, but the majority were held in reserve in Japan.

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Kawasaki Ki-102 Randy

bombardier, 2888617=gmail.com, 24.05.2011

The Japanese liked to fit their fighters with BIG GUNS

bombardier, 2888617=gmail.com, 24.05.2011

The Japanese liked to fit their fighters with BIG GUNS

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