World War II in the Pacific
|Japanese Army Fighters|
|A5M "Claude" -- the Navy led the air fighting in China and was able to defeat anything the Chinese presented. 1,091 built|
|A6M "Zero", "Zeke", the super-Claude was light, maneuverable, without concern for survivability. 10,450 built|
|Ki-27 "Nate"||1938-1943||290 mph||2-.30||3.400 built|
| The Army copy of the Claude, used in N.China and in the occupation of Burma, Philippines and East Indies.
Fixed landing gear, but closed cockpit.
|Ki-43 "Oscar"||1941-1945||329 mph ||2-.50 ; 2- 550 lb||5,900 built|
|The Army equavlent to the Zero, but even lighter, superior maneuver, tho slower in level flight and dives.|
|Ki-44 "Tojo"||1941-1944||376 mph||4-.50||1,220 built|
|Interceptor version of Oscar for home island defense: big engine, high climb rate.|
|Ki-61 "Tony"||1943-1945||348 mph||2-.50; 2-20mm; 2- 550 lb||2,750 built|
| Similar to Messerschmitt Bf-109, superior to Zero, equal of P-38, F4U. |
Production problems keep the numbers low; mechanical problem kept out of service.
|Ki-84 "Frank"||late 1944-1945||392 mph||2-.50; 2-20mm||3,500 built|
|Equal to our best, but too late to do much good.|