Operational He 100?

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Leonardo
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Post by Leonardo » 29 Aug 2003 13:24

By looking at line drawings or pictures of the two aircraft, one notices a marked similarity between the He-100 and the Ki-61. I wonder how much Kawasaki took from the Heinkel fighter when designing the Ki-61 for the Japanese Army?

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Post by Kugelblitz » 30 Aug 2003 00:22

It was inspired on it, the Ki-61 was the only japanese fighter with in-line engine only because they got impressed with the He-100.

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Post by Leonardo » 02 Sep 2003 14:25

I also think a reason for the similarity of design between the He-100 and the Ki-61 was the fact that they used the same engine. The Japanese built the DB-601 under licence.

Alfa Romeo also built the DB-601 under licence in Italy and the engine was used in the C.202 and the Re.2001.

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Re: Ki-61

Post by Cantankerous » 14 Jun 2022 01:51

Leonardo wrote:
02 Sep 2003 14:25
I also think a reason for the similarity of design between the He-100 and the Ki-61 was the fact that they used the same engine. The Japanese built the DB-601 under licence.

Alfa Romeo also built the DB-601 under licence in Italy and the engine was used in the C.202 and the Re.2001.
The DB 601 also powered the Bf 109 fighter, and the Japanese license-built version of the DB 601 used to power the Ki-61 was the Kawasaki Ha40. Due to the similarity of the KI-61 to the Bf 109, TAI thought that the KI-61 was a Bf 109 built under license by Kawasaki unaware that the Ki-61 was actually derived from a homegrown prototype Japanese fighter plane, the Kawasaki Ki-60.

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