Tachikawa Ki-94+ Toyota Sports 800, Corolla, Carina

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Tachikawa Ki-94+ Toyota Sports 800, Corolla, Carina

Post by ShindenKai » 14 Aug 2023 06:25

Came across this great lil gem of a website about Dr. Tatsuo Hasegawa and his Ki-94...

http://drhasegawa.sakura.ne.jp/tatsuo/tatsuo.htm

Here's another link from within that site showing the tandem engine, twin-tail boom Ki-94-I full-size mock-up, a cluster-bomb of some sort and a direction finder?

Also, very interesting from pages 8 & 9 shows what appears to be two different types and sizes of externally mounted pods, the best translation I could get from Google Translate was/is "bullet pod"...
Does anyone know what the pods are?

http://drhasegawa.sakura.ne.jp/tatsuo/k ... -color.pdf

There are many other invaluable links with pdfs of actual blueprints of the aircraft and engine(s).

Dr. Tatsuo Hasegawa's design team at Toyota designed the Sports 800, Corolla and Carina.


Thank you, Akio Hasegawa for sharing with us, the world, a bit more about your father.
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Re: Tachikawa Ki-94+ Toyota Sports 800, Corolla, Carina

Post by ShindenKai » 20 Aug 2023 20:00

Any guesses/ideas?

-"10 aperture" pod seems to be for horizontally outboard firing/launching/discharging something... Flares? Bomblets? White phosphorous bomblets?

-It appears to have another hole at the top of the nose for an electrical cord? (which is what appears to be coiled atop the "30 aperture" pod)

-"30 aperture" pod seems to be for vertically downward firing/dispensing something...

-The numbered apertures could be for the firing sequence and/or reloading of ordnance.
-Firing/launching the rearmost ordnance first would also make sense in terms of loaded weight, it's better to get rid of the extra weight aft of the CoG first.
-Sequentially or ripple fired...?

-Assuming the door in the background is fairly close to a standard 32"/812.8mm width

-Short "30 aperture" pod is approx. 6ft/1.8m long
-Long "10 aperture" pod is approx. 6.5ft/1.9m long (prolly a lil shorter)

-The shackle to hang each is in approx the same location on both pods.

Were these made by Tachikawa?

I'm fresh out of ideas...

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