Ki-44 Tojo


screen-shot-2018-03-27-at-3-27-22-pmThe Nakajima Ki-44 Shōki (鍾馗, Zhong Kui) was a single-engine fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in World War II. The type first flew in August 1940 and entered service in 1942. The Allied reporting name was “Tojo“; the Japanese Army designation was “Army Type 2 Single-Seat Fighter” (二式単座戦闘機).

It was less maneuverable than its predecessor, the nimble Ki-43, and pilots disliked its poor visibility on the ground, its higher landing speed, and severe restrictions on maneuvering. Yet, it was obvious the Ki-44 was clearly superior overall as a combat aircraft compared to the Ki-43. As an interceptor it could match Allied types in climbs and dives, giving pilots more flexibility in combat and greater pilot confidence than the Ki-43. Moreover, the basic armament of four 12.7mm machine guns or two 12.7mm guns and two 20 mm cannons (plus a few aircraft which carried two Ho-301 40 mm cannons of limited range) was far superior to the older Ki-43’s two 12.7mm machine guns. These characteristics made the fighter, despite performance restrictions at altitude, a useful B-29 Superfortress interceptor and one of the Japanese High Command priorities during the last year of war. However, like most of the Japanese aircraft flown in the last part of the war, the low availability of properly trained pilots made them easy targets for experienced, aggressive, and well trained Allied pilots flying superior aircraft.

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  • Pros and Cons
    • Pros
      • Heavy wing-mounted 40mm cannons
      • Nose mount machine guns
      • Carry two bombs
      • High top speed
      • Good durability
    • Cons
      • Heavy, high stall speed
      • Large turn radius
  • Engine
    • Default: Ha-109 Type 2 14 cyl air-cooled radial engine (1,519 hp)
  • Armament
    • Default:
      • 2× 12.7 mm Ho-103 machine guns
      • 2x 20 mm Ho-5 cannons
    • Upgrade 1:
      • 2 x 40 mm Ho-301 cannons
    • Upgrade 2:
      • 2 x 250 kg bombs
  • Stats
    • Max speed: 605 km/h at 5,200 m (376 mph at 17,060 ft)
    • Max dive speed: N/A
    • Durability: 600
    • Internal fuel capacity: 284 litres (75 US gallons)
    • External fuel capacity: N/A
    • Empty weight: 2,106 kg (4,643 lb)
    • Wing area: 15 m² (161 ft²)
  • Skins
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    • Dark Grey 87th Sentai
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