Tachikawa Ki-55. Specifications. A photo.
Tachikawa Ki-55. Specifications. A photo.

Tachikawa Ki-55. Specifications. A photo.


Tachikawa Ki-55 - Japanese single-engine multi-purpose aircraft, designed in 1939, the aircraft manufacturer «Tachikawa Aircraft Company».


Tachikawa Ki-55 photo


Multiple aircraft model Tachikawa Ki-55 was designed by Japanese aircraft manufacturers in the mid-30-ies of the last century, at the same time, despite the rather intensive training of the Air Force of this country to the military action, the aircraft had a multi-purpose, in particular, it was assumed used in the civil sphere, and in the military, aircraft manufacturers that the plan was to guarantee the full return on the project, which eventually happened.

In the civil aviation aircraft used primarily as the training of air tools, but, in addition, the aircraft is also used for transportation on its board passengers, while in the military sphere, in addition to educational and training purposes, which are the main the use of this aircraft, the aircraft Tachikawa Ki-55 was also involved as an observation and patrol aircraft.

Multi-purpose vehicle has a fairly good aerodynamics and handling, however, a number of technical omissions made in the development stage, the maneuverability of the aircraft is quite mediocre, which deprived him of the chance to be used as an independent combat unit.

The aircraft Tachikawa Ki-55 underwent its first tested in 1939 year, and due to the fact that all the necessary requirements for the operation of the aircraft have been complied with, in the same year the project went into production, which, however, was only in the period to 1943 years, however, even in this time, the Japanese aircraft manufacturers have managed to build an airplane 1389 copies of this model, which indicates a really high demand in aircraft of this model.


Photo Tachikawa Ki-55


Cab Tachikawa Ki-55 aircraft designed just for two people - a pilot and one passenger (cadet), and, design features and a sufficiently small amount of free space inside the cabin, do not allow to apply this model to transport on board any cargo.

Power plant multipurpose aircraft Tachikawa Ki-55 represented by one powerful enough radial engine of the brand Hitachi Ha-13a, who having thrust in 503 hp, he was able to give the aircraft speed in 370 km \ h. (Maximum value), which is quite a lot. The maximum range of the aircraft following the model Tachikawa Ki-55 1060 of kilometers, which is quite satisfactory indicator.

To date, there is still a few dozen aircraft of this model.


Specifications Tachikawa Ki-55.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 1 people;
  • aircraft Length: 8 m .;
  • Wingspan: 11,8 m .;
  • Plane Height: 3,64 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 1290 kg .;
  • Payload: 430 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1720 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 300 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 370 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 1060 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 8150 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Hitachi Ha-13a;
  • Power: 503 hp



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