|Primary user||Imperial Japanese Army Air Service|
|Developed from||Kokusai Ki-59|
The Kokusai Ku-8-II (Kokusai Type 4 Special Transport Glider) was a Japanese military glider used during the Second World War. The glider was essentially a Kokusai Ki-59, with the engines and fuel tanks removed and a modified undercarriage. It was given the Allied code name Goose and later Gander. It could carry eighteen troops, or 1500 kg of cargo and two crew.
Design of the Ku-8-II began in December 1941 A Ku-8-II version was produced in 1944 that used a tubular steel frame structure, and had a hinged nose that could be opened to the side allow loading. Also, its capacity was increased slightly to carry twenty troops. In total, approximately 700 were built. They were used operationally in the Philippines, primarily to carry supplies.
- Ku-8II:Military transport glider. Production version.
- Capacity: 20 troops
- Length: 13.31 m (43 ft 8 in)
- Wingspan: 23.20 m (76 ft 1 in)
- Gross weight: 3,500 kg (7,720 lb)
- Maximum speed: 224 km/h (140 mph)
- Range: 300 km (190 miles)
- ↑ Japanese
- ↑ *Donaldson, Graham. "The Japanese paratroopers in the Dutch East Indies, 1941-1942". The Netherlands East Indies 1941-1942. http://www.dutcheastindies.webs.com/japan_paratroop.html.
[Weapons and Warfare book 16, page 1682]
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