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Nakajima Kikka / Kikka-K

The first prototype 7/8/1945

    Engine: 2x Ne-20 turbojets with 1,047 lb of thrust
    Wing Span: 32' 11''
    Length: 26' 8''
    Height: 9' 8 1/4''
    Weight: Empty 5,071 lb / Loaded 7,716 lb
    Maximum Speed: 433 mph
    Ceiling: 39,370'
    Range: 586 miles
    Crew: 1
    Armament: 1x 1,102 lb or 1x 1,764 lb bomb

The project began in September 1944, when Nakajima was entrusted with the development of a jet powered signal seat bomber. Designed by Kazuo Ohno and Kenichi Matsumura, the aircraft was to be able to deliver a 500 kg bomb at 700 km/h with a range of 900 km as well as having folding wings to enable it to be hidden in caves and tunnels. The engines used were Ne-20 turbojets which were hastily built, based on the BMW 003 turbojet. Two prototypes were built between June and August 1945. The first prototype was ready by the beginning of August 1945, it's first flight being on the 7/8/1945 (one day after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima). Four days later the aircraft had a serious accident This caused the test program to be stopped whilst the second prototype was being built. At the same time 18 other Kikka aircraft were in various stages of production, including the two seat trainer "Kikka-K".

Getting ready for the first flight 7/8/1945
Kikka production line 1945
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