A communication machine of the reciprocating engine that Japanese plane manufacturer, Kawasaki plane (current Kawasaki Heavy Industries) produced KAL-2 (Kay ray L two). In K, A, Kawasaki plane, L are abbreviation of the communication machine.
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The National Security Board would be reorganized in (1954) in 1954 by the Defense Agency, but asked it for the production of the many seats communication machine for Kawasaki plane and Fuji Heavy Industries opposed over training plane introduction. After the second unit makes the first flight in maiden flight, December in November, and Kawasaki announced body "KAL-2" of 5 seats which reviewed a design from the beginning as for two production, first unit based on experience of KAL-1 and KAT-1 in the same month, deliver the Marine Self Defense Force, the second unit to the Air Self-Defense Force in the first unit each; and is a hold by an answer. On the other hand, Fuji developed LM-1 which gained seating capacity of T-34A which it produced under license in-house and delivered it in the same way.
I adopted LM-1 of Fuji by the reason of T-34A and the parts which I adopted as training plane in September being common to the agency as a result that it was (1955) in 1955, and examination was carried out in earnest, and Kawasaki was defeated again. After that Kawasaki defeated by for twice walks a way of the license production positively as well as Fuji and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to learn technology of the United States of America. The original training plane development was finally realized in T-4 training plane.
The first unit of the Marine Self Defense Force had been dismantled, but the second unit transferred it to the Ground Self-Defense Force in (1964) in 1964, and the Tokorozawa Airlines origin Memorial of Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama (Tokorozawa Airlines memory park) obtained it by transfer later.
I reviewed a design to a base in KAT-1 and adopted all front wheel expression, gaining over legs which was made of metal, and was modern. The main wing improved body strength at the top using the thing like KAT-1 and enabled aerobatics to a certain degree. In addition, the cabin assumed cockpit people the canopy of the air bubbles type and improved view and did it with the five-passenger of three passengers to two crews again.
- 2-3 crew two / passengers
- -8.82m in total length
- Overall width -11.92m
- Overall height -2.9m
- -1225 kg of self-respect
- -1588 kg of gross weight
- Engine - ライカミング GO-435-C2B air-cooled horizontal facing type 9 cylinder
- Output -240HP
- Up to -293km/h in speed
- Cruising speed -213km/h
- Flying range -833km
- Service ceiling -4500m
Kawasaki pushed forward development of domestic reciprocating engine KAE-240 from (1953) in 1953. In consultation with ライカミング company engine of bell 47G after starting license production, I acquired form proof of the Department of Transportation in those days in (1955) in 1955. Kawasaki put a domestic engine on KAL-2 and was going to restore a purely domestic brand, but the prototype was equipped with an engine of ライカミング because engine development was late. Therefore when it was adopted a regulation, I planned to put KAE-240 on a mass-produced airplanes, but the engine development was stopped because it ended in non-adoption after all. In KAE-240, the air-cooled horizontal direction six cylinders, output were 240HP. The prototype for the breakdown test is displayed with KAT-1 training plane in Kakamigahara-shi, Gifu のかかみがはら aerospace Museum.
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