Japanese Kawasaki Ki-102 Heavy Fighter

  • Military Aircraft Of The World
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By Crusader1307

Produced and deployed in 1944, The Imperial Japanese Heavy Fighter – Kawasaki Ki-102 was one of Japans last such before the end of War II. Around 238 were built, but few actually saw combat. The primary Mission of the Fighter (nicknamed “Randy” by The Allies) – was to protect The Japanese Homeland from the “pending” Allied Invasion of Japan. This Campaign never came about due to the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An effective Heavy Fighter, The Ki-102 was also deemed to carried The Igo Guided Air to Ground Rocket platform. It’s only combat usage was during the short lived Okinawa Campaign. In it, it outflew most sorts against American Fighters. Crewed by 2, The “Randy” was 40-feet long with a wingspan of 50-feet. Powered by Twin Mitsubishi Ha-112  14-cylinder Radial Engines, capable of a maximum airspeed of 360-mph. It had an operational ceiling of 33,000-feet. It’s primary armament was (1) 57mm Cannon, (2) 20mm Cannon and (1) 12.7mm Machine Gun. It could carry up to 1,000-pounds of Ordnance as well as the [previously mention Guided Rockets