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Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate)


Monoplane Fighter Aircraft (1937)


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The Nakajima Ki-27 was the Imperial Japanese Army equivalent of the Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A5M.



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The Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" (known early on as "Abdul") was a successful low-monoplane, all-metal with stressed skin fighter design employed by the Empire of Japan throughout the Second World War. Initially conceived of as a private venture design by the Nakajima corporation, the Ki-27 was soon debuted and accepted by the Japanese Army.

The single-engine, one-man fighter was Japan's first monoplane design, becoming a sort of bridge from the old and new fighter development strategies. Qualities that showcased the Ki-27 to the old ways of fighter design including the very identifiable static land gears. A tail skid was still being used when the Ki-27 reached full production. At the cost of self-sealing fuel tanks, pilot protection and other aircraft amenities at the time, the Ki-27 became a nimble and fast fighter, armed with 2 x 12.7mm heavy machine guns.

In the early years, the Ki-27 enjoyed a period of success against the Chinese and Allied fighter pilots in the Pacific. As Allied fighter designed continued to improve, aircraft like the Ki-27 would begin to lose out to the advanced technologies and be relegated to homeland defense, pilot training or kamikaze use.

In the end, the decision to not protect the pilot nor his fuel tanks became the premise for the aircrafts undoing. The light and nimble Ki-27 would cease to become a factor, in much the same way that its A6M Zero counterpart did, and help the Allied make their push throughout the Pacific. Nevertheless, the Ki-27 enjoyed a long period of success when it was initially delivered and would stay a major part of the Japanese Army movements until the end of the war - albeit in limited fashion by then.

Specifications



Service Year
1937

Origin
Imperial Japan national flag graphic
Imperial Japan

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
1

Production
3,368
UNITS


Nakajima Aircraft Company - Japan
National flag of modern Japan Imperial Japan
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.


Length
24.7 ft
(7.53 m)
Width/Span
37.1 ft
(11.31 m)
Height
10.7 ft
(3.25 m)
Empty Wgt
2,447 lb
(1,110 kg)
MTOW
3,946 lb
(1,790 kg)
Wgt Diff
+1,499 lb
(+680 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Nakajima Ki-27a production variant)
Installed: 1 x Nakajima Ha-1b air-cooled radial piston engine developing 710 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose in puller arrangement.
Max Speed
292 mph
(470 kph | 254 kts)
Ceiling
39,862 ft
(12,150 m | 8 mi)
Range
395 mi
(635 km | 1,176 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
2,953 ft/min
(900 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Nakajima Ki-27a production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
Ki-27a:
2 x 7.7mm machine guns.

Ki-27b:
2 x 7.7mm machine guns.
4 x 55lb conventional drop bombs.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 4


PE - Private Venture Prototype Model
Army Type 97 Fighter Model A - Service Model Designation.
Ki-27a - Production Model Company Designation; fitted with uprated Ha-1b engine with faired-metal canopy.
Ki-27b - Provision for ground attack role in the form of 4 x underwing hardpoints; "clear-vision" canopy.
Ki-27 KAI - Experimental Lightweight Fighter Variant.


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