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Kokusai Ku-8

Near the end of 1941 one Ki-59 was modified into a glider with the removal of the engines and the landing gear replaced by underfuselage skids. It was designated the Ku-8-I or Army Experimental Glider. This was further developed as the Ku-8-II or Army Type 4 Large Transport Glider which became the only operationally-used Japanese assault glider. It was named 'Gander' by the Allies.
 
Variants:
Ku-8-I (Army Experimental Glider) 
Experimental conversion to glider configuration.
 
Ku-8-II (Army Type 4 Large Transport Glider) ("Gander") 
Assault-glider variant.
 
 
 


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