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Kawasaki Type 99 Light Bomber Kyu Kyu Sohkei / Ki-48 Lily
Technical Information

Japanese called this bomber Kyu Kyu Sohkei (Type 99 twin engine light bomber).  The was the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) first modern twin engine light bomber.

First used in the Second Sino-Japanese War as a light bomber and for ground support. After the start of the Pacific War against more modern aircraft, its speed, defensive firepower and bomb load were sorely lacking despite design changes to upgrade performance in the model II. Its bomb load was less bombs than many fighter-bombers. Nevertheless production continued until 1944.

Despite this, it was widely used in New Guinea and Burma theaters, but was largely regulated to operating at night or under total air superiority.

Ki-48-I (Type 99 Twin Engine Light Bomber Model 2)
The Model I (or Model 1) had the Ha-25 engines

Ki-48-II (Type 99 Twin Engine Light Bomber Model 2 Otsu)
The Model II (or Model 2) was produced from July 1943 through October 1944. The range of Manufacture Numbers for the Ki-48-II Otsu and Hei was 2001-2858. The true serial-number range was 1-858.

The Model 2 had Ha-115 engines and different air scoops. Some of the last planes being designated Model 2 Hei because of an increase in armament. A model of the Ki-48 was equipped with slat-type air brakes (dive brakes) so that the plane could be used as a dive bomber.

A total of 1,977 were built.

Technical Details (Ki-49-II)
Crew  Four
Engines  2 x fourteen cylinder radial air cooled engines driving a three bladed propeller
Span  17.45m
Length  12.75m
Height  3.8m
Maximum Speed  314 mph
Range  (normal) 1,274 miles
Armament  3 x 7.7mm machine guns
Bomb Load  882 pounds

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