Kawasaki Ki-64 ROB
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Kawasaki Ki-64 ROB

The first prototype flew in December 1943. Did not entered production.

Kawasaki Ki-64 ROB

 ENGINE1 x Kawasaki Ha-201, 1760kW
    Take-off weight5100 kg11244 lb
    Empty weight4050 kg8929 lb
    Wingspan13.5 m44 ft 3 in
    Length11.03 m36 ft 2 in
    Height4.25 m14 ft 11 in
    Wing area28 m2301.39 sq ft
    Max. speed690 km/h429 mph
    Ceiling12000 m39350 ft
    Range1000 km621 miles
 ARMAMENT4 x 20mm cannons

Kawasaki Ki-64 ROBA three-view drawing (752 x 1048)

Barry, 02.06.2016

Ian L. McQueen you are both right and wrong. There was 2 x Kawasaki Ha 40 linked into one unit which was known as the 2,350 h.p. Kawasaki Ha 201 coupled V12 with one part of the engine in front of the pilot and the other behind him in the fuselage with a shaft running between the two parts. The engine in the rear caught fire during it's fifth flight and was abandoned in mid 1944 for work on more promising projects. The Americans took parts of the aeroplane home for investigation such as the unique wing mounted cooling system.

Ian L. McQueen, 04.01.2014

Pardon my slowness, but there is a fundamental error in the specs. This airplane had TWO engines, not one. One in front of the pilot, one behind.
The HA-201 engine was a copy of a Daimler-Benz engine.

Ian L. McQueen, 04.01.2014

I believe that the drawing illustrating this article is not accurate. I believe that it is "squished" down. However.....I have never been able to find more than the same few photos that appear again and again, and none of them is from the side. Compare the photo illustrating this posting with the drawing and the drawing looks too thin and streamlined.
I believe that the nose was related to the Ki-61.
I was told that the one prototype was dismantled by American authorities on the airfield at Gifu following the war and that no parts of it remain.

Ian L. McQueen, 04.01.2014

There was a successful Italian aircraft with this layout, the Macchi M.C.72.
There are more details of this interesting Japanese aircraft that are not carried in the very brief description. For example, it was cooled by condensing steam in the wings instead of by the use of a radiator.
When living in Japan I met the designer of the aircraft. He joked that Japanese airplanes could be built smaller because the pilots had a smaller stature than their Western counterparts.

Matthew Kitchen, 23.09.2012

Looks like a Westland Wyvern.

Angela, 20.06.2011

I guess having two unreliable engines in one plane was too much trouble and they gave it a pass.

, 20.06.2011

Kawasaki Ki-64 ROB

Ben Beekman, 10.03.2011

Just one more example of a design that looks good on paper but fails the unforgiving test of reality. Just too complicated. Probably inspired by the Bell Airacobra, it was damaged on its fifth flight and subsequently abandoned.

y.k, 01.01.2011

It's practically twin engine fighter with tandem arrangement like Arsenal VB-10.

DebtMan, 01.10.2010

WellŽlooky here:looks like Japan was built copies of He-100
and He-112

Mykola, 25.09.2010

I love it but I think it needs a bigger range.

Tyler, 13.06.2010

it looks like a p-39 airacobra

le bao, 17.10.2009

I think it was the experimental high altitude fighter of Japan

Andrew Perovich, 07.08.2009

Cool plane; another example of a great idea that just didn't make itself known!

leo rudnicki, 10.04.2009

Actually, it looks like a French arsenal VG-10, or vice versa since the VG-10 was post war. My data is that it has 2 engines, one in the nose, one mid-ships cobra-style driving contraprops like the aermacchi mc-72, which it doesn't look like. I guess having two unreliable engines in one plane was too much trouble and they gave it a pass.

Civettone, 29.09.2008

As the He 100 and He 112 don't even look alike I think that's unlikely

interceptor, 16.05.2008

it looks like general motors XP-75 eagle!

Cardinal Sin, 21.02.2008

Looks pretty much like He-100 and He-112

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