Nakajima Ki-62


Nakajima Ki-62
Ki-62
Role Fighter aircraft
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Nakajima Aircraft Company
Designer T. Koyama
Primary user Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (intended)
Number built None
Developed into Nakajima Ki-84

The Nakajima Ki-62 was a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft proposed by the Nakajima Aircraft Company for use by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. Neither the Ki-62 project or its Ki-63 variant proceeded beyond the design stage.

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Design and development

To compete with the Kawasaki Ki-61 as a possible new light fighter for the Imperial Japanese Army, Nakajima designer T. Koyama developed the Ki-62. The design – a low-wing, single-seat monoplane with a bubble canopy powered by an 877-kilowatt (1,175-hp) Kawasaki Ha-40 liquid-cooled engine – showed promise, but Nakajima discontinued development of the Ki-62 in order to focus on production of its Ki-43 and Ki-44 fighters. The Ki-62 design was not wasted effort, however, as Nakajima later incorporated Ki-62 design features and data into its Ki-84 fighter.[1]

Variants

Nakajima also planned the Ki-63, a version of the Ki-62 powered by a 784-kW (1,050-hp) Mitsubishi Ha-102 radial engine, but did not pursue the design.[2]

Specifications

Data from Francillon, René J., Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979, ISBN 0-87021-313-X, p. 487.

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 8.75 m (28 ft 8.5 in)
  • Wingspan: 12 m (39 ft 4.4375 in)
  • Height: ()
  • Powerplant: 1 × Kawasaki Ha-40 liquid-cooled engine, 877 kW (1,175 hp)

Performance


See also

Related development

Nakajima Ki-43
Nakajima Ki-84

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Kawasaki Ki-61

Related lists

References

Notes

  1. ^ Francillon, p. 487.
  2. ^ Francillion, p. 487.

Bibliography

  • Francillon, René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979. ISBN 0-87021-313-X.


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