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Kawasaki Ki-56

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Developed from the Lockheed 14 transport built by the Kawasaki Company under licence, the Ki-56 had an enlarged fuselage with a large freight loading door in the port rear-fuselage side. Powered by two 671kW Ha-26-II radial engines, two prototypes were followed by 119 series-built machines designated Army Type 1 Freight Transport (assembled between 1941 and 1943).
 
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56 were manufactured for the army by Kawasaki before production was handed over to Tachikawa who built a further 688.
 
Widely used in the Pacific war, the Ki-56 was coded Thalia by the Allies.
 
Engines: 2 x Nakajima Ha-25, 740kW / 990 hp
Take-off weight: 8025 kg / 17692 lb
Empty weight: 4895 kg / 10792 lb
Wingspan: 19.96 m / 64 ft 6 in
Length: 14.9 m / 48 ft 11 in
Height: 3.6 m / 11 ft 10 in
Wing area: 51.2 sq.m / 551.11 sq ft
Max. speed: 400 km/h / 249 mph at 11,155 ft
Ceiling: 8000 m / 26250 ft



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