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KAWASAKI Ki.61/Ki.100 PERFORMANCE / TIMELINE


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 05:47 PM

Kawasaki Ki.61-II Notes: Aircraft of the Aces 114:

 

Page 68: "Subject to the engine operating properly, the Ki.61-II Kai proved to be an

excellent fighter, with an impressive altitude performance. However, ongoing reliability

issues and inadequate numbers prevented the variant from reaching its potential

during the air defense of Japan."



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 06:01 PM

Kawasaki Ki.100 Notes: Aircraft of the Aces 114:

 

Page 81: "Most pilots found the new hybrid fighter superior to the Hien in all respects,

and Capt. Hideaki Inayama, who had formerly flown the Ki.44 with the 87th Sentai,

opined that 'the maneuverability of the Ki.100 was the best of the Army's frontline

fighters, with the exception of the Ki.43. Even less experienced pilots could fly it

easily and fight with it'."

Capt. Fumisuke Shono of the 244th Sentai: "In May I switched to the Type 5 fighter.

This was a very good - probably the best - Army fighter. Not only was it fitted with a

more reliable air-cooled engine, but it also had 20 mm. cannon in the fuselage, so

the radius of turn was much less."



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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:03 PM

Ki-44 'Tojo' Aces of World War 2 by Nicholas Millman

 

Page 33: " Hideaki Inayama ended the war with claims for more than five aerial

vicgtories. Following service with the 87th he flew Kawasaki Ki-100 fighters with

the 111th Sentai in the defense of Japan, commenting that Kawasaki's makeshift

hybrid (a radial engine mated to the Ki-61 Hien 'Tony' airframe) had 'the best

maneuverability of all the JAAF's frontline fighters with the exception of the Ki-43,

which meant that pilots with only a little experience could both fly and fight it

easily."






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