Kawasaki Ki-32 MARY


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Kawasaki Ki-32 MARY

The Ki-32 light bomber was an all-metal mid-wing monoplane powered by a single 708kW Ha-9-IIb liquid-cooled engine. Its wide-track fixed cantilever undercarriage featured open-sided wheel fairings. Wing and tail surfaces were finely tapered. The two-man crew were accommodated beneath a long raised canopy. Armament comprised one fixed cowling 7.7mm Type 89 machine-gun and another of the same type on a flexible mounting operated by the observer. An internal bomb bay accommodated a 300kg offensive load, supplemented by 150kg of bombs on external racks.

Eight 1937 prototypes were followed by 846 series aircraft built up to May 1940 and designated Army Type 98 Light Bomber. They saw extensive war service in China, flying with seven Sentais during 1938-9 and participated in the fierce fighting over the Khalkin Gol and at Nomonhan against Soviet forces during 1939. Among the Type 98's final operational sorties were successful bombing raids on Hong Kong prior to its surrender in December 1941. The type was coded Mary by the Allies.

Kawasaki Ki-32 MARY

 ENGINE1 x Kawasaki Ha-9-IIb, 640kW
  Take-off weight3539-3762 kg7802 - 8294 lb
  Empty weight2349 kg5179 lb
  Wingspan15.0 m49 ft 3 in
  Length11.64 m38 ft 2 in
  Height2.9 m10 ft 6 in
  Wing area34.0 m2365.97 sq ft
  Max. speed423 km/h263 mph
  Cruise speed300 km/h186 mph
  Ceiling8920 m29250 ft
  Range w/max.fuel1960 km1218 miles
  Range w/max payload1300 km808 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 300-350kg of bombs

Kawasaki Ki-32 MARYA three-view drawing (752 x 981)

Klaatu83, e-mail, 18.02.2021 19:21

A Japanese counterpart to the British Fairey Battle and American Vultee V11. The two-seat light bomber category of aircraft was a WW-I concept that proved to be outmoded during WW-II.


Barry, 18.02.2013 11:42

Initial problems with engine overheating saw the competing Mitsubishi Ki-30 ordered into production, as by July 1937 Japan was in a full scale war in China. However, 12 months later with it's problems resolved the Ki-32 was ordered and in the end exceeded the production of it's competitor.


zifeng, 21.06.2011 05:45

The type was coded Mary by the Allies.


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