Japanese Kawasaki Ki-45 ''Dragonslayer'' Bomber

  • World War II
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By Crusader1307

The Imperial Japanese Air Forces Kawasaki Ki-45 ''Dragonslayer'' (or ''Toryu'') was an early World War II Heavy Bomber, deployed in 1941. Nicknamed ''Nick'' by Allied Fighters, The Ki-45 had operational issues to such a degree that it's usage was re-adapted into a multi-purpose Interceptor and Strike Fighter. Over 1,700 production models were deployed by The Japanese throughout Occupied China and The Pacific Theater of The War.

 

Crewed by (2), The Ki-45 was 40-feet long with a wingspan of 50-feet. Power was provided by Twin Mitsubishi Ha-102, 14-cylinder Engines, capable of 1,050-HP each. Airspeed was rated to 350-mph with an operation ceiling of 33,000-feet. Service range was rated to 1,200 miles. Defensive armament included (1) 7.62mm Rear Fuselage Machine Gun, (1) 37mm Cannon and (1) 20mm Cannon (all positioned throughout the Bomber Fuselage. Although early models were Bombers, none were used as such, with space reserved for either transport of ammunition.