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Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate)


Monoplane Fighter Aircraft


Imperial Japan | 1937



"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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Nakajima Ki-27a Monoplane Fighter Aircraft.
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.
Propulsion
292 mph
470 kph | 254 kts
Max Speed
39,862 ft
12,150 m | 8 miles
Service Ceiling
395 miles
635 km | 343 nm
Operational Range
2,953 ft/min
900 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
  LON
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  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
  TOK
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Nakajima Ki-27a Monoplane Fighter Aircraft.
1
(MANNED)
Crew
24.7 ft
7.53 m
O/A Length
37.1 ft
(11.31 m)
O/A Width
10.7 ft
(3.25 m)
O/A Height
2,447 lb
(1,110 kg)
Empty Weight
3,946 lb
(1,790 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate) Monoplane Fighter Aircraft .
Ki-27a:
2 x 7.7mm machine guns.

Ki-27b:
2 x 7.7mm machine guns.
4 x 55lb conventional drop bombs.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate) family line.
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.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 3,368 Units

Contractor(s): Nakajima Aircraft Company - Japan
National flag of modern Japan

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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (292mph).

Graph Average of 225 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
3368
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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