Developed from the KDA-6 private venture reconnaissance prototype, the Kawasaki Ki-3 was designed by German engineer Richard Vogt, who later became chief designer for Blohm und Voss. The first Ki-3 flew in March 1933 and featured an unusual annular cowling with a nose radiator, but
production aircraft had a more normal chin radiator. It entered Japanese Army service as the Type 93, 203 being built by Kawasaki
and a further 40 by Tachikawa. It was a rugged aircraft, but the Ki-3's liquid-cooled engine was a constant source of trouble. The Ki-3 first
saw service with the 6th Composite Air Regiment in Korea. The type, which was Japan's last biplane bomber, saw action in China.
| ENGINE||1 x 492kW BMW VIII liquid-cooled in-line engine|
| Take-off weight||3097 kg||6828 lb|
| Wingspan||13.00 m||43 ft 8 in|
| Length||10.00 m||33 ft 10 in|
| Height||3.00 m||10 ft 10 in|
| Max. speed||259 km/h||161 mph|
| Ceiling||7000 m||22950 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 500kg of bombs|
The type, which was Japan's last biplane bomber, saw action in China.
Yes, it's KDA-3, but not KDA-7 (Ki-3)
|E. Ward, 20.07.2008|
According to Japanese Aircraft 1910-1941 (Putnam) the photo is of the 1925 Kawasaki/Voght Type 3 Army Experimental Three Seat Light Bomber.
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