Nakajima Ki-27

The Nakajima Ki-27 was the main fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force up until 1940. Its Allied code name was Nate, although it was also called Abdul in the China Burma India Theater. When placed into combat service over northern China in March 1938, the Ki-27 enjoyed air superiority until the introduction of the faster Soviet-built Polikarpov I-16 fighters by the Chinese. The Ki-27 also saw extensive action against the American Volunteer Group; outclassed the Ki-27 was replaced in frontline service by the Ki-43, with surviving examples continued to serve as a trainer during World War II. Near the end of the Second World War, a few Ki-27 were equipped with up to 500 kg (1100 lb) of explosives for a Kamikaze role.

Nakajima Ki-27
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Nakajima Aircraft Company
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1936
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Nakajima Aircraft Company 3368 View

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 7.53 m (24 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.30 m (37 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 18.61 m (200.3 ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,174 kg (2,588 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,598 kg (3,523 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,790 kg (3,946 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Nakajima Ha-1 Otsu air-cooled radial engine, 485 kW (650 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 444 km/h (275 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 350 km/h (218 mph)
  • Range: 630 km (390 mi)
  • Service ceiling 10,040 m (32,940 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 15.3 m/s (3,010 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 86 kg/m (18 lb/ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.30 kW/kg (0.18 hp/lb)

Armament

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Type 89 machine guns, 500 rounds/gun or 1 x 12.7 machine gun and 1 x 7.7 machine gun on later models
  • External bomb load of 220 pounds

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