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The Nakajima Ki-11 was a low-wing monoplane designed to replace the Japanese Army’s Nakajima Army Type 91 Fighter and the Kawasaki Army Type 92 Fighter. Work on the aircraft developed with this in mind, the Kawasaki Ki-5, had been abandoned in the summer of 1934. Kawasaki was then asked to develop a new biplane while Nakajima was asked to produce a monoplane.

The Ki-11 was a wire-braced low-wing monoplane similar to the Boeing P-26. The design was much more efficient than the biplane Ki-10, and despite having 160hp less than the Ki-10 was still the faster aircraft.

Despite being the slower aircraft the Ki-10 was more popular with the Army pilots who flew the two aircraft. The closed cockpit of the K-11 was unpopular, while the Ki-10 was more manoeuvrable, and so it was the Kawasaki biplane that entered production as the Army Type 95 Fighter.

Nakajima continued to work on monoplanes. The Ki-12 was an experimental low winged aircraft with a hub-mounted cannon, while the Type P.E. was a private venture that eventually entered service as the Nakajima Ki-27 Type 97 Fighter.

Engine: Nakajima Ha-8
Power: 640hp

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (1 December 2008), Nakajima Ki-11, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_nakajima_ki-11.html

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