Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi

1945

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Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi

In January 1945 Nakajima was ordered by the Imperial Japanese Army to design and develop, as quickly as possible, a basic aircraft that could carry a bomb of up to 800kg weight for use in kamikaze attacks. The resulting Nakajima Ki-115 low-wing monoplane prototype was of mixed construction, powered by a Nakajima Ha-35 radial engine and had welded steel-tube main landing gear units, without any form of shock absorption, which were intended to be jettisoned after take-off on a kamikaze mission. Flight tests showed that ground handling was unacceptable in this configuration, leading to the introduction of main landing gear units with simple shock absorbers. In this form, and incorporating some minor modifications, the aircraft entered production as the Ki-115a Tsurugi (sabre). However, Nakajima had built only 104 production aircraft by the time the war ended, and none of these was used operationally.

Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi

Specification 
 MODELKi-115
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x Nakajima Ha-35, 843kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight2880 kg6349 lb
  Empty weight1640 kg3616 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan8.6 m28 ft 3 in
  Length8.55 m28 ft 1 in
  Height3.3 m11 ft 10 in
  Wing area12.4 m2133.47 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed550 km/h342 mph
  Range1200 km746 miles
 ARMAMENT800-kg bomb

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Nakajima Ki-115 TsurugiA three-view drawing (752 x 1205)

Comments
wudao, 20.06.2011 10:58

I figured from the box top it was probably a dedicated suicide machine.

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Marauderman, e-mail, 16.03.2011 12:35

There is another example with the N.A.S.M. at the Garber Facility.

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DebtMan, e-mail, 18.10.2010 05:49

The only survivor example is located in Chino

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Clive Beilby, e-mail, 17.04.2009 22:14

I'm doing the Eduard 1 /48th scale kit at the moment. I was surprised to come across it because I had never heard of the aircraft before. I figured from the box top it was probably a dedicated suicide machine.

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