WOW087 – KI 100

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The Kawasaki Ki-100 was a fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service in World War II. It combined excellent power and manoeuvrability, and although its high-altitude performance against USAAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers was limited by the lack of an efficient supercharger, it performed better than most other IJAAF fighters.

Operational missions began in March 1945. From the first engagements, the Ki-100 performed well against the B-29 and showed itself to be equally effective against U.S. Navy carrier fighters. A new variant, the Ki-100-Ib, was produced during the last weeks of the war in time to equip five sentai for home defence duties.