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Fuji KM-2 / T-2 / T-5

 

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Fuji T-3
 

The original LM/KM series aircraft were four-seat developments of the Beech T-34A Mentor, the first flying in 1955, and large numbers were delivered to the JMSDF and JGSDF for liaison and training. A tandem two-seat derivative of the Beech T-34 with a Lycoming IGSO-480-AIA6 piston engine entered production in the mid­1970s as the KM-2B for the JMSDF, and later as the T-3 for the JASDF. Fuji in Japan flew the prototype (JA3725) of the KM-2B two-seat primary trainer on 26 September 1974; this development of the earlier KM-2 combined the airframe and powerplant of that aircraft with the tandem-seat cockpit arrangement of the Beech T-34A Mentor.

 

Ten KM-2 were ordered for the JMSDF, for delivery by February 1963. Further contracts were to follow, to replace the 45 North American SNJs (Harvards) then in naval service. The prototype KM-2 received its certificate of airworthiness February 1961.

 

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T-5


The original LM/KM series aircraft were four-seat developments of the Beech T-34A Mentor, the first flying in 1955, and large numbers were delivered to the JMSDF and JGSDF for liaison and training. A tandem two-seat derivative of the Beech T-34 with a Lycoming IGSO-480 piston engine entered production in the mid-1970s as the KM-2B for the JMSDF, and later as the T-3 for the JASDF. Fuji in Japan flew the prototype (JA3725) of the KM-2B two-seat primary trainer on 26 September 1974; this development of the earlier KM-2 combined the airframe and powerplant of that aircraft with the tandem-seat cockpit arrangement of the Beech T-34A Mentor.
Production of an uprated four-seat aircraft for the JGSDF, the TL-1, was conducted.

KM-2
Engine: Lycoming IGSO-480-A1A6, 340 hp.
Max speed: 227 mph (365 kph) at 16,400ft (5000 m)
Cruise, 183 mph (295 kph)
Initial climb, 1,560 fpm (7.92 m/sec)
Service ceiling, 29,200ft (8900 m)
Range, 765 mls (1235 km).
Empty weight, 2387 lb (1083 kg)
Loaded weight, 3,296 lb (1495 kg).
Span, 32 ft 9.75 in (10 m)
Length, 26 ft 0.75 in (7.95 m)
Wing area, 177.6 sq.ft (16.49 sq.m).

KM-2B
Engine: Lycoming IGSO-480.

T-3
Engine: Lycoming IGSO-480

T-5
Engine: Allison 250B-17D.

 

 


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