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Kawasaki Ki-100
Type 5
"Tony"
Ki-100
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Designer Takeo Doi
Manufacturer Kawasaki Kōkūki Kōgyō K.K.
Produced In 1945
Speed 580 km/h (360 mph)
Category Fighter
General Ingame Information
Debut v0.25
Used by Japan
Crew in‑game 1
Guns - 2x 12.7 mm Ho-103
(500 HE + APT Rounds)
- 2x 20 mm Ho-5
(240 HE + APT Rounds)
Historical Picture
Type5Ki100

The Kawasaki Ki-100 was a fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II. The Japanese Army designation was "Type 5 Fighter". No new Allied code name was assigned to this type; it instead shared the designation "Tony" with its parent aircraft, the Kawasaki Ki-61 (as, indeed, all Ki-100 airframes were built as Ki-61's before being modified to accept a radial engine in place of the inline engines originally used.)

Development Edit

Alongside with the Nakajima Ki-84 "Hayate", the Ki-100 was one of the best Fighter aircraft in World War II. It was developed from the Kawasaki Ki-61-II-KAI and was powered by a Mitsubishi-Ha112-II-radial engine with a power of 1120 kW. The first flight was on February 1th, 1945 and it entered service in March 1945. The last derivative, the Ki-100-Ib, was used in the last few weeks of the War. In the middle of the year 1944, the Kawasaki Ki-61 was developed, it was powered by a reconstructed Daimler-Benz DB-601 engine, the problem was that it became inferior to the American fighters, because of a too weak engine and the engineers had trouble with upgrading it. So, this engine was replaced by the Kawasaki-Ha-140-engine with a power of 1120 kW, then this aircraft was now called Ki-61-II. Because of this conversion the Ki-61-II was now able to reach a top speed of 610 km/h. But production of the engine was interrupted by the allied bombing raids. The 280 remaining Ki-61 fuselages were now equipped with the Mitsubishi Ha-112-H-radial engine, also having a power of 1120 kW and were called Ki-100. One month after the first flight, which took place on 1st February 1945, the first aircraft entered operational status. The Japanese General Staff was quite pleased with the excellent performance of the Ki-100. After some modifications of the Ki-100-1a were developed, 272 Ki-100s were upgraded to the Ki-100-1a design. Some more modifications led to the Ki-100-Ib.

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