Tachikawa Ki-54
1940
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Tachikawa Ki-54

Designed as an advanced trainer/crew trainer, the Tachikawa Ki-54 was flown in prototype form during the summer of 1940. A cantilever low-wing monoplane with retractable tailwheel landing gear, it was powered by two wing-mounted Hitachi Ha-13a radial engines. Successful testing led to the initial version intended primarily for pilot training, ordered during 1941 as the Army Type 1 Advanced Trainer Model A (Tachikawa Ki-54a). It was built in several versions to a total of 1368, and allocated the Allied codename 'Hickory'.

Tachikawa Ki-54


Specification 
 MODELKi-54b
 CREW2
 PASSENGERS8
 ENGINE2 x Hitachi Ha-13a, 380kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight3897 kg8591 lb
    Empty weight2954 kg6512 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan17.9 m59 ft 9 in
    Length11.94 m39 ft 2 in
    Height3.58 m12 ft 9 in
    Wing area40 m2430.56 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed375 km/h233 mph
    Ceiling7180 m23550 ft
    Range960 km597 miles
 ARMAMENT4 x 7.7mm machine-guns

3-View 
Tachikawa Ki-54A three-view drawing (752 x 925)

Tachikawa Ki-54

Comments
Trevor Webb, 09.02.2012

Anumber of variants werre planned or built. The first production model was the Ki-54a wich was a pilot trainer. This was followed by the major production model the Ki-54b. This was a full crew trainer with two dorsakl turrets and underwing racks for practice bombs. A transport version was built as the Ki-54c with eight passenger seats. A single all wooden Ki54c was built but bombed before it could fly.This was designated Ki-110.A fuel tanker variant of the Ki-54c, the Ki-111 of metal construction and the similar all wood Ki-114 were nener flown.A small number of Ki-54d were built and used for theASW role. In addition a few civil versions of the Ki-54c were built and designated Y-59.

gangya, 20.06.2011

In 2009 april the wreck of a Ki-54 was finded in Kerama Retto and currently another wreck was finded in Vladivostok

, 20.06.2011

Tachikawa Ki-54
1940

Mike Dunne, 09.05.2011

Apparently these aircraft were much prized as 'squadron hacks, by allied pilots when the were captured in flying condition!

DebtMan, 20.10.2010

In 2009 april the wreck of a Ki-54 was finded in Kerama Retto and currently another wreck was finded in Vladivostok

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