Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi: Low-cost suicide.

Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi: Low-cost suicide.

Easy to built, maintain and fly and above all expendable were the objetives of this Shimbu (suicide) aircraft. Designed to be built by semi-skilled labour using steel, wood and tin, the Tsurugi had the ability to accept any radial engine of 800Hp to 1300hp and was equipped only with simple and crude instruments. The production models were to be fitted with two solid-fuel rockets to boost its speed during the terminal attack dive.
The flight trials revealed poor ground handling and questionable flying characteristics. Modifications delayed somewhat its posible combat debut yet Nakajima could produce Nakajima 104 before the end of the war. None of them, thankfully, were used in anger.

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