Kawasaki Ki-48

The Kawasaki Ki-48 was a Japanese twin-engined light bomber that was used during World War II. Its Allied reporting name was Lily. 

Kawasaki Ki-48
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Kawasaki Aerospace Company
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1938
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Kawasaki Aerospace Company 1997 View
The Ki-48 light bomber served in China from late 1940 and was widely used in the Philippines, Malaya, Burma, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Dutch East Indies. All models remained in service until 1945. By then many were converted into Kamikaze aircraft (Ki-48-II KAI Tai-Atari) armed with an 800 kg (1,764 lb) bomb.

Role Light bomber
Manufacturer Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K.
Designer Takeo Doi
Introduction 1940
Retired 1945
Status Retired
Primary user Imperial Japanese Army Air Force
Number built 1997


General characteristics

  • Crew: Four
  • Length: 12.75 m (41 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.45 m (57 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 3.8 m (12 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 40 m (430.555 ft)
  • Empty weight: 4,550 kg (10,031 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 6,500 kg (14,350 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 6,750 kg (14,881 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Nakajima Ha.115 radial engines, 843 kW (1,130 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 505 km/h (273 knots, 314 mph) at 5,600 m (18,375 ft)
  • Range: 2,400 km (1,296 nm, 1,491 mi)
  • Service ceiling 10,100 m (33,135 ft)

Armament

  • 3 x 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Type 89 machine guns, in nose, dorsal and ventral positions
  • 800 kg (1,764 lb) of bombs

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