• The Kawasaki Ki-96 was a Japanese single seat, twin-engine heavy fighter of World War II. It was intended to replace the Kawasaki Ki-45s of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. However, it was not adopted and only three prototypes were built.
    Design and development
    The success of the Kawasaki Ki-45 led Kawasaki to start development of an evolved version, on Kawasaki's own authority, in August 1942. Like the Ki-45, the proposed design was a two-seat, twin-engine fighter, but larger and using more powerful engines. In December 1942 the Koku Hombu (Imperial Japanese Army Aviation Bureau) showed interest, but asked Kawasaki to complete the aircraft as single-seat fighters. The first prototype, which was converted while being produced and which retained the larger cockpit canopy intended for the two-seater, flew in September 1943. The two remaining prototypes were built from the start as single-seaters and were fitted with a smaller canopy.

    Despite demonstrating performance exceeding estimates and excellent handling, the Army's requirements had changed back to a two-seat fighter, so further development of the Ki-96 was stopped. The wings and tail unit of the Ki-96 would however form part of the structure of the Ki-102 two-seat fighter.
    General characteristics
    Crew: 1
    Length: 11.45 m (37 ft 7 in)
    Wingspan: 15.57 m (51 ft 1 in)
    Height: 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in)
    Wing area: 34 m2 (370 sq ft)
    Airfoil: root: NACA 24015; tip: NACA 23010
    Empty weight: 4,550 kg (10,031 lb)
    Gross weight: 6,000 kg (13,228 lb)
    Powerplant: 2 × Mitsubishi Ha112-II 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engines, 1,125 kW (1,509 hp) each
    Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed propellers
    Maximum speed: 600 km/h (370 mph, 320 kn) at 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
    Ferry range: 1,600 km (990 mi, 860 nmi)
    Service ceiling: 11,500 m (37,700 ft)
    Time to altitude: 6,000 m (19,685 ft) in 6 minutes
    Power/mass: 0.38 kW/kg (0.23 hp/lb)
    Guns: 1 × 37 mm (1.46 in) Ho-203 cannon, 2 × 20 mm Ho-5 cannon.
    (Text from Wikki)

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