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Kawasaki Ki-45

Kawasaki Ki-45

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Mitsubishi radials
2 x1,080 h.p. ea.
8,820 lbs.
12,125 lbs.
1- 30 mm or 37 mm
4- 12.7 mm; 1- 7.9 mm
36 ft. 1 in.
49 ft. 5 in.
340 mph
2,300 fpm
32,800 feet
1,250 miles

The Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu interceptor originated with a request from the Japanese Army for a long-range twin engine fighter aircraft in 1937. In response to the request, on January 15, 1939 the first prototype took to the air.

Unfortunately for the Japanese war effort, engine problems delayed production of the Kawasaki Ki-45 until September of 1941. Additional refinement of the aircraft meant that some 11 more months passed until the aircraft was deployed for front line service.

The Kawasaki Ki-45 first saw day time combat in October of 1942 against Allied bombers where it proved very effective. When Allied operations switch to nights, the aircraft was further developed as a night fighter. It was equipped with two fixed 12.7 mm machine guns aimed upwards, installed between the front and rear aircraft cockpits to aid in that role.

The aircraft had their most successful missions when on the night of June 15, 1944 they claimed the downing of some seven American bomber aircraft.

The first ever Kamikaze sorties against Allied shipping were carried out by Kawasaki Ki-45 aircraft beginning in May of 1944.

Approximately 1,700 Kawasaki Ki-45 aircraft were produced.

Kawasaki Ki-45
1.  Kawasaki Ki-45 - Bob

1. The nice looking Kawasaki Ki-45 scratch built by Bob of RCGroups wingspan is 48". Power comes from a pair of Uberall Nippy Black motors driving 8 x 6-3 props. It is built from pink foam and weighs 2 lbs. 7 oz.

2. 3. Kawasaki Ki-45 built as a combat model from the Aces Polska site. You can find a video of it on YouTube.

4. Kawasaki Ki-45 built by Steve Ashby. Wingspan is 68" and power is by a pair of Saito 54 engines. It has an all up weight of 11 lbs. Control line model airplanes can usually be converted to radio control airplanes fairly easily.

Kawasaki Ki-45
2.  Kawaski Ki-45 - hand launch

Kawasaki Ki-45
3.  Kawasaki Ki-45 - Aces Polska

Kawasaki Ki-45
4.  Kawasaki Ki-45 - Steve Ashby