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Manufacturer

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First flight

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Status

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Primary user

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Number built

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The Kawasaki Ki-64 (Allied code name: Rob) was a one-off prototype of an experimental heavy, single seat, fighter. It had two unusual design features. First; it had two Kawasaki Ha-40 engines in tandem; one in the aircraft nose, the other behind the cockpit, both being connected by a drive shaft. This combination (called the Kawasaki Ha-201) drove two, three-bladed, contra-rotating propellors.[1][2] The second feature was the use of the wing surface as a radiator for the water-cooled engines.[3] The aircraft first flew in December 1943. During the fifth flight, the rear engine caught fire; and while the aircraft made an emergency landing, it was damaged. The aircraft was subsequently abandoned in mid-1944 in favour of more promising projects. The airframe survived the war, and parts of the unique cooling system were sent to Wright Field for examination.[4]

Specifications (Ki-64)

Data from Warplanes of the Second World War, Volume Three: Fighters;[5] WW2 Aircraft Fact Files: Japanese Army Fighters, Part 1;[4] Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War[6]

General characteristics
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  • Powerplant: 1 × Kawasaki Ha-201 coupled liquid-cooled V-12 engine, Script error: No such module "convert".
  • Propellers: 2 × 3-bladed contra-rotating propellers

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  • Power/mass: 2.91 kg/kW (2.17 kg/hp; 4.78 lb/hp)</ul>Armament
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See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Arsenal VB 10

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References

Notes
  1. ^ FAOW 76 1976, pp. 17–18; 46–47.
  2. ^ Green and Swanborough 1976, p. 35.
  3. ^ Green and Swanborough 1976, p. 34.
  4. ^ a b Green and Swanborough 1976, p. 36.
  5. ^ Green 1973, p. 26.
  6. ^ Francillon 1979, p. 122.
Bibliography
  • Francillon, Ph.D., René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1970 (2nd edition 1979). ISBN 0-370-30251-6.
  • Green, William. Warplanes of the Second World War, Volume Three: Fighters. London: Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1961 (seventh impression 1973). ISBN 0-356-01447-9.
  • Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon. WW2 Aircraft Fact Files: Japanese Army Fighters, Part 1. London: Macdonald and Jane's, 1976. ISBN 0-356-08224-5.
  • Unknown Author(s). Famous Aircraft of the World, no.76: Japanese Army Experimental Fighters (1). Tokyo, Japan: Bunrin-Do Co. Ltd., August 1976.
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