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woofiedog
12-19-2006, 11:03 PM
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Intended to meet a requirement formulated in 1943 for an advanced two-seat long-range escort fighter, the Ki-83 was designed by a team headed by Tomio Kubo, who had previously been responsible for the Ki-46. Aerodynamically exceptionally clean and powered by two turbo-supercharged Mitsubishi Ha-211ru 18-cylinder radials, the Ki-83 possessed an armament of two 20mm and two 30mm cannon. The first of four prototypes was flown on 18 November 1944, demonstrating spectacular performance and remarkable manoeuvrability for its size - a 670m diameter loop being executed at 648km/h at 2900m within 31 sec.
The aircraft exceeded all expectations and was not only quite fast (426 mph) but very maneuverable as well. As one would expect, all was not perfect and the airframe suffered from engine and tail vibrations. The other three prototypes were produced with modified engine mounts and strengthened tail surfaces. Actually, they used a tail strut to take care of this last glitch!

Unfortunately for the Ki-83, only the four prototypes were completed as production had to concentrate on existing types. Has the war continued, the Ki-83 would have been a formidable weapon with performance on par with the F7F and DH.103 Hornet.

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HotelBushranger
12-20-2006, 06:57 AM
Nice! Would no doubt have been fun to fly http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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woofiedog
12-20-2006, 07:03 AM
I'll say... she is One Hec of a Looker. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And with a Kick also... armament of two 20mm and two 30mm cannon.

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Rood-Zwart
12-20-2006, 07:35 AM
One of the most sexy japanese planes imo<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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tigertalon
12-20-2006, 09:29 AM
Nice read, ty woofie!

Yeah, beautiful plane with beastiful kick. I have feeling though, that if it entered combat, would suffer heavy losses in a role of a long range escort fighter, and would be relegated to (night) bomber destroyer/interceptor, where it would shine in all the glory.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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