Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry

The Kawasaki Ki-10 (Type 95) was the last biplane fighter plane used by the Imperial Japanese Army. Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the first prototype was constructed early in 1935 and the fighter entered service later by 1936. Its reporting name given by the Allies was Perry. 


Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Kawasaki Aerospace Company
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1935
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Kawasaki Aerospace Company 588 View

The Ki-10 was deployed in Manchuria and in the initial campaigns of the Second Sino-Japanese War in northern China. It proved an excellent dogfighter against the Chinese air force, including at the Battle of Wuhan. However, by the time of the Nomonhan Incident in 1939, against the forces of the USSR, it was largely obsolete. At the beginning of the Pacific War, the Ki-10 was retired to training and secondary missions, but later returned to front-line service, performing short-range patrol and reconnaissance missions in Japan proper and China in January-February 1942.

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 7.55 m (24 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.02 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 3 m (9 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 20 m2 (215.3 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,300 kg (2,866 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,650 kg (3,638 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Kawasaki Ha-9-IIa, 634 kW (850 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 400 km/h at 3000 m (250 mph at 9,840 ft)
  • Range: 1,100 km (688 miles)
  • Service ceiling 11,500 m (37,720 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 m/min (3,280 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 82.5 kg/m (16.9 lb/sq ft)

Armament

  • 2 x fixed forward-firing 7.7 mm caliber Type 89 machine guns

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