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Kawasaki T-4

Kawasaki T-4

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trainer / light attack
one pilot + student
2 x 3,520 lbs. ea.
8,360 lbs.
16,530 lbs.
42 ft. 8 in.
32 ft. 7 in.
650 mph
9,850 fpm
1,035 miles
50,000 feet

The origin of the Kawasaki T-4 can be traced back to 1981. That is when Japan asked a team of aeronautical engineers to come up with a replacement for their aging trainer aircraft. All major Japanese aircraft companies were asked to bid on the engineering design.

In 1983 Kawasaki was awarded a contract to produce a total of 212 aircraft. The Kawasaki T-4 first took to the sky in July of 1985, with deployment taking place in 1988.

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Kawasaki T-4 with under wing fuel tanks.

The Kawasaki T-4 uses conventional construction materials in its design. However the aircraft is extremely maneuverable. The maneuverability is the result of a wing design incorporating a notched leading-edge with a flattened top leading to a highly curved wing top at the trailing edge.

At sub-sonic speeds the wing is more resistant to stalls, produces less drag, and has more lift than conventional wings. These are highly desirable qualities for a training aircraft.

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Kawasaki T-4 making a low pass.

The dual redundant flight control system of the Kawasaki T-4 is hydraulically operated. Included are anti-skid brakes.

The pressurized cockpit has good all-around visibility. The instructor's seat in the rear cockpit is about 10 1/2 inches higher than the front seat. Avionics accommodate day/night all weather conditions, navigation, and a head-up display.

The Kawasaki T-4 has hard points under each wing for weapons or fuel tanks, plus the ability to fit an instrument pylon, ordnance, or an additional fuel tank on the aircraft center line.

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Kawasaki T-4 in Blue Impulse formation.

Flying the Kawasaki T-4 makes it a pilot favorite. It has excellent power to weight and a low wing loading which make for great maneuverability. The aircraft is responsive, even at low landing speeds, yet tracks straight in moderate cross-winds. Ground crews appreciate the reliability and low maintenance of the Kawasaki T-4.

A total of 212 Kawasaki T-4 aircraft of all types were built.

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