A what-if light strategic long-range bomber. This plane never existed
About this creation
Based on the German Messerschmitt Me-261 long range record-setter, the Project was bought by the japanese and scaled-down to the Mitsubishi Ki-89 (Allied reporting name: Sharon).
The new plane was used as a light strategic long-range bomber, carrying two 250kg bombs in bombing missions to the West coast of the USA.
Power came from two Daimler-Benz DB-606GD with two stage supercharger. Each engine drove a variable pitch propeller through a shared gearbox, generating 3000hp each.
The plane was also heavily armed and could also be used as a long-range escort fighter-bomber or a high-altitude interceptor. Sometimes, it used a 57mm auto-cannon.
There was also a torpedo-bomber version.
- Four Type 5 30mm (1,2”) cannons;
- One defensive 13,2mm (0,52”) type 3 heavy machine gun;