Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate
National origin:- Japan Role:- Fighter Manufacturer:- Nakajima Aircraft Company First flight:- March 1943 Introduction:- 1945 (Japan) Retired:- 1945 (Japan) Primary users:- Imperial Japanese Army Air Service Produced between 1940–1945:- 3,514 Variants:- Nakajima Ki-116
The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (キ84 疾風'Gale'?) was a single-seat fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service in World War II. The Allied reporting name was 'Frank'; the Japanese Army designation was Army Type 4 Fighter (四式戦闘機 yon-shiki-sentō-ki?). Featuring excellent performance and high maneuverability, the Ki-84 was considered to be the best Japanese fighter to see large scale operations during World War II. It was able to match any Allied fighter, and to intercept the high-flying B-29 Superfortresses. Its powerful armament (that could include two 30 mm and two 20 mm cannon) increased its lethality. Though hampered by poor production quality in later models, a high-maintenance Nakajima Homare engine, landing gear prone to buckle, inconsistent fuel quality, and a lack of experienced pilots above all else, Hayates proved to be fearsome opponents; a total of 3,514 were built. The Ki-84 was the fastest fighter in the Imperial Japanese military if good fuel was used and the aircraft was in good shape.
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