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Japan's Nakajima Ki-34 transport, Army Type 97
Allied Code Name: Thora

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  • Nakajima Ki-34 transport
  • Nakajima Ki-34 transport

Design

In 1935 Engineer Akegawa started designing the Nakajima Aerial Transport No. 1 (AT-1) which was based on the Douglas DC-2. By 1936, after design modifications it became the Nakajima AT-2.

Prototype

The AT-2 prototype first flew on September 12, 1936 at Ojima Airfield.

Production

  • Nakajima AT-2 prototype: 1
    • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K. at Ota
    • Production: October 1936
  • Nakajima AT-2: 32
    • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K. at Ota
    • Production: 1937 - 1940
  • Nakajima Ki-34, Nakajima L1N1: 318
    • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K. at Ota (19), Tachikawa Hikoki K.K. at Tachikawa (299)
    • Production: 1937 - 1940 (Nakajima), 1939 - 1942 (Tachikawa)

Variants

  • Nakajima AT-1:
  • Nakajima AT-2: Had two Nakajima Kokobuki 2-1 (580 HP) radial engines that drove a two blade fixed pitch propeller.
  • Nakajima Ki-34:
  • Nakajima L1N1, Navy Type AT-2 Transport: Used by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Usage

Was used by both the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy for transporting passengers.

Specifications

  Nakajima Ki-34
Type Transport
Crew 3
Passengers 8
Engine (Type) 2: Nakajima Kotobuki 11B, Nakajima Kotobuki 41
OR 2: Nakajima Ha-1b
Cylinders Radial, Radial 9
Cooling Air
Net HP 460 each, 710 each
Propeller blades 2, 2 variable pitch
Dimensions  
Span 65' 1/8", 65' 4"
19.916 m
Length 50', 50' 2 3/8"
15.3 m
Height 13' 7", 13' 7 3/8"
4.15 m
Wing area 529.582 sq ft
49.2 sq m
Weight  
Empty 7,716 lb
3,500 kg
Normal load 11,574 lb
5,250 kg
Performance  
Speed at 11,025' / 3,360 m 224 mph
360 kph
Speed - Cruising 193 mph
310 kph
Climb to 9,840' / 3,000 m 6 minutes 38 seconds
Service ceiling 22,965'
7,000 m
Range 745 miles
1,200 km
Armament  

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, René J Francillon, 1970
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