Kawasaki Ki-48 LILY
1939
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Kawasaki Ki-48 LILY

Imperial Japanese Army aircraft confronted by the Soviet-built Tupolev SB-2 bomber, providing support for the Chinese during 1937, were rudely surprised by its capability, its maximum speed being such that Japanese army fighter aircraft were virtually unable to intercept it. Almost at once the army instructed Kawasaki to begin the design of a twin-engine light bomber of even better capability, specifying a maximum speed of about 485km/h. Work on what was to become known as the Kawasaki Ki-48 began in January 1938, the result being a cantilever mid-wing monoplane with conventional tail unit, retractable tailwheel landing gear and, in the type's prototype form, two 708kW Nakajima Ha-25 radial engines mounted in nacelles at the wing leading edges. The fuselage provided accommodation for a crew of four (the bombardier, navigator and radiooperator each doubling as gunners) and incorporated an internal bomb bay.

Ki-48s entered service in the summer of 1940, becoming operational in China during the autumn of that year. In China their speed gave the Ki-48s almost complete immunity from enemy defences, but their deployment against Allied aircraft at the beginning of the Pacific war revealed that their superior performance was illusory. Codenamed 'Lily' by the Allies, this initial production version had a number of deficiencies for the different kind of operations then required, and it was fortunate for the Japanese army that an improved version was already under development. This had the company designation Ki-48-II and differed from the earlier model by introducing a slightly lengthened fuselage, protected fuel tanks, armour protection for the crew, increased bombload and more powerful Nakajima Ha- 115 engines.

Unfortunately for the Japanese army, when the Ki-48-II was introduced into operational service its speed was still too low and its defensive armament inadequate. Attempts to increase armament merely upped the overall weight and speed suffered proportionately: it was clear by the summer of 1944 that the day of the Ki-48 had passed, and in October it was declared obsolescent.

Kawasaki Ki-48 LILY


Specification 
 MODELKi-48-IIb
 CREW4
 ENGINE2 x Nakajima Ha-115, 850kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight6500-6750 kg14330 - 14881 lb
    Empty weight4550 kg10031 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan17.45 m57 ft 3 in
    Length12.75 m42 ft 10 in
    Height3.8 m12 ft 6 in
    Wing area40 m2430.56 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed505 km/h314 mph
    Ceiling10100 m33150 ft
    Range2050 km1274 miles
    Range w/max.fuel2400 km1491 miles
 ARMAMENT3 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 800kg of bombs

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Kawasaki Ki-48 LILYA three-view drawing (752 x 954)

Comments
paul bonnici, 07.06.2012

light green

Angela, 20.06.2011

He builds models and his interests include japanese planes in world war 2. This info seems hard to come by. Can anyone help.

, 20.06.2011

Kawasaki Ki-48 LILY
1939

y.k, 03.01.2011

isas.ac.jp/ISASnews/No.239/GIF239/ken-kyu-z56.jpg

Bill McKinley, 14.12.2010

Where was the I-1 Missile attached to this plane?

DebtMan, 01.10.2010

The Ki-48 was a unautorized copy of the Tupolev SB

Philip Venson, 30.01.2010

Mrs.Mitchell, my money would be on a light khaki color, as that is what many other Japanese aircraft's interior were painted in. ANother guess would be "Mitsubishi Grey".

VANHOVE, 30.12.2009

GOOD NEWS TO HAVE NOW THIS PLANE AT A DECENT SCALE !!
as for the interior color I think it is the same shades as the Hien

CHINESE, 14.06.2009

THE CHINESES WAGED THE BATTLES TO DESTROY THE EVIL FORCE OF THE JAPS!

lesley mitchell, 03.03.2008

Can anyone tell me the exact shade of the interior colours of the Kawasaki Ki 48 'Lily' Bomber. My husband is keen to find out this information. He builds models and his interests include japanese planes in world war 2. This info seems hard to come by. Can anyone help?

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