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Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon)

KI-43 Hayabusa Peregrine Falcon

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FRlTZ #1 Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:33 PM

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This is what I belive should be tier 2 or 3 Japanese fighter.

This is a light, extremly maneuverable fighter, able to out-turn all planes of it's time.
But, like the Zero, no armor and no self-sealing fueltank means it's a easy pick....IF you get it in the cross-hair long enough.

Arment was poor until the last version of the plane, but it does not make it less deadly, in the hands of a skilled pilot, this is the ballerina of the sky, a true Peregrine Falcon.

Ki-43 Prototypes and operative prototypes.
Ki-43-Ia Variant armed with 2 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 97 machine guns Hayabusa Fighter Type 1 of Army (Mark 1).
Ki-43-Ib (Mark Ib) Variant armed with one 12.7 mm (.50 in) Ho-103 machine gun and 1 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 97
Ki-43-Ic (Mark Ic) Variant armed with 2 × 12.7 mm (.50 in) Ho-103
Ki-43-II Prototypes and evaluative models.
Ki-43-IIa (Mark 2a) Ability to carry up to 500 kg (1,100 lb) of bombs
Ki-43-IIb (Mark 2b) Radio equipment added
Ki-43-II-KAI Fitted with ejector exhaust stacks
Ki-43-III Prototypes powered by Nakajima Ha-115-II engine of 920 kW (1,230 hp) 2 × 170 L (45 gal) drop tanks (~3 hour full-throttle endurance)
Ki-43-IIIa (Mark 3a) Series model
Ki-43-IIIb (Mark 3b) Variant armed with 20 mm cannons.
Ki-62 Project Advanced interceptor version of Nakajima Ki-43 with a powerful engine and armed with 30 mm (1.18 in) or 40 mm (1.57 in) cannons.
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