Even lesser know and many times misidentified for the exited allied pilots which "Zeros" the army fighters played a very important role in the more terrestrial campains of WW2 pacific teatre, as New Guinea and China-Burma- India.
Nakajima 'Nate' (Army Type 97 Fighter) Ki.27
The Ki.27 was the first monoplane of the Japanese Army. It was a rather exceptional aircraft, because maneuvrability had become a fetish for the Japanese air forces. The Ki.27 was certainly the most agile fighter monoplane ever built. It was a clean, very light, elegant monoplane with fixed, spatted landing gear and good performance; it marked the new ability of the Japanese industry to design and build advanced aircraft.
Nevertheless combat experience against Soviet fighters in the 'Nomonhan Incident' was not entirely favourable, because of the type's insufficient speed, armour ( the pair of 7,7mm was particular poor agaist the armor equped I-16) and armament. Only the extreme maneubrability saver it and allowed many jap pilots destroy several russian aircraft to become aces. It was still the most numerous Army fighter in December 1941 and it was keep in service well entered 1942.
Crew: 1 Engines:
1 * 780hp Nakajima Ha-1-Otsu
Wing Span: 11.31m
Wing Area: 18.56m2
Empty Weight: 1110kg
Armament: 2*mg7.7mm 4*b25kg
A close-up, the telescopic sight potrudes from the canopy