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Mitsubishi Ki-1 / Type 93

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The Ki-1 was an angular cantilever low-wing monoplane with a crew of four, it had fixed landing gear, a tail unit incorporating twin fins and rudders.

The prototype was powered by two Rolls-Royce Buzzard engines, but production aircraft had two 701kW / 940-hp Mitsubishi Ha-2-2 radial engines, giving a maximum speed of 220km/h, the Mitsubishi Ki-1-l heavy bomber flew for the first time in 1933. Pilot and co-pilot were seated in tandem under an enclosed canopy, while there were semi-enclosed nose and dorsal turrets and a retractable ventral 'dustbin', each armed with a single 7.7mm machine-gun. Offensive load was up to 1500kg of bombs.

The original ver-sion went into service as the Type 93 Model 1 Heavy Bomber in support of the army fight-ing in China during the mid-1930s.

The Ki-1-II development had 723kW Ha-2-3 engines and airframe improvements which increased maximum speed to 230km/h.

The two versions went into service as the Army Type 93-1 and Army Type 93-2 respectively, and saw limited use in the fighting against China. Total production of both versions was 118.

Ki-1-l
Engines: 2 x Ha-2-2, 701kW
Wing span: 26.50m / 86 ft 11 in
Length: 14.8 m (48 ft 7 in)
Maximum take-off weight: 8100kg / 17858 lb
Max. speed: 220 km/h / 137 mph
Armament: 3 x 7.7mm machine-guns
Bomb load: 1000 kg (2205 lb)

Ki-1-II
Engines: 2 x 723kW Ha-2-3
Span: 26.5 m (86 ft 11 in)
Length: 14.8 m (48 ft 7 in)
Gross weight: 8100 kg (17857 lb)
Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)

 

 


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