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Tachikawa Ki-55 'Ida'

Ki36 - front

This wartime Japanese aircraft was codenamed 'Ida' under the Allied naming system, and was known by the Japanese as the 'Type 99 Advanced Trainer'.  A development of the Ki-36 'Type 98 Army Co-operation plane'

The Ida was a small two-seat army training aircraft with fixed undercarriage. The Ki-55 saw considerable use with the Imperial Japanese forces in Asia, but carried no combat equipment. 24 of these aircraft served with the RTAF throughout the period of Japanese ascendency, being replaced in 1946.

The engine is a Hitachi Ha-13a radial.of 450hp.

Ki36 - rear

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