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ManufacturerKawasaki Heavy Industries
Primary RoleReconnaissance Aircraft


ww2dbaseThe KDA-2 aircraft began their careers as the Japanese Army Type 88-1 Reconnaissance Biplane. They were designed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries chief engineer Richard Vogt in the mid-1920s, and the maiden flight was taken in 1927. A light bomber variant, Type 88 Light Bomber, entered production one year later, featuring reinforced lower wing and lower fuselage to carry a light payload of bombs. When production ceased in 1932, 710 reconnaissance aircraft and 407 light bombers were built for a total of 1,117 (which did not include the about 5 prototype aircraft). In the mid-1930s, Manshu Aircraft Company in the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo license-built a small number of the KDA-2 aircraft. KDA-2 reconnaissance aircraft and light bombers saw actions in the early phases of the war against China, but by 1940 they were considered obsolete and were withdrawn from service.

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2012


MachineryOne BMW VI engine rated at 600hp
Armament1x7.7mm forward Type 89 machine gun, 1x7.7mm flexible Type 89 machine gun, externally-mounted bombs
Span15.00 m
Length12.80 m
Height3.40 m
Wing Area48.00 m²
Weight, Empty1,800 kg
Weight, Loaded2,850 kg
Speed, Maximum221 km/h
Service Ceiling6,200 m


Japanese Army Type 88-1 (KDA-2) reconnaissance aircraft at rest, circa late 1920s

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Japanese Army Type 88-1 (KDA-2) reconnaissance aircraft at rest, circa late 1920s

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