The Nakajima Ki-43

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The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa was a single-engine tactical fighter used by the Air Service Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Its official designation of the Japanese army was "Hunting Type 1" and its codename for the Allies was "Oscar", but US pilots used to call the "Army Zero" (Zero Army) for its resemblance to the Mitsubishi A6M Zero of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Its designer was Hideo Itokawa, who later became famous as the pioneer of Japanese rocketry.

Like the A6M, the Ki-43 was a radial engine fighter, lightweight and easy to drive, and became legendary for their performance in combat in the early years of the Pacific War. He could beat any opponent, but had no armor or tanks self-sealing fuel and armament was deficient to the latest version, which was not produced until 1944. The Allied pilots used to report that the Hayabusa agile were white elusive but easily they broke or burned with few impacts.

In total 5,919 aircraft were produced Ki-43. Many of them were used during the last months of the war in kamikaze missions against the fleet of the United States Navy

A Japanese Nakajima Ki-43-II Hayabusa fighter.
Photo source : Wikimedia Commons 

Specifications :  

Crew : 1
Wingspan : 10.840 m
Wing area : 21.40 m2 
Length : 8.920 m 
Height : 3.270 m 
Empty weight: 1,911 kg 
Loaded weight: 2,591 kg 
Power: 1 × Nakajima Ha-115 fourteen cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 858 kW 
Maximum speed: 530 km/h at 4,000 m
Service ceiling: 11,200 m
Range: 1,760 km 

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