Tachikawa Ki-70

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Role Reconnaissance
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Tachikawa
First flight 1943
Status Prototype
Number built 3

The Tachikawa Ki-70 "Clara" was a high speed photo reconnaissance aircraft that was tested for the Japanese Air Force in prototype form but never entered production. The Ki-70 was the intended successor to the Mitsubishi Ki-46 but was difficult to handle and was slower than the Mitsubishi Ki-46. The Ki-70 was first flown in 1943 but was found unfavorable and the program was scrapped. Three were built.


In later years the Ki-70 was used to disprove supposed photographic evidence concerning Amelia Earhart's supposed capture by the Japanese before World War II.[citation needed]


Using the familiar layout of aircraft such as the G3M bomber and its planned predecessor the Mitsubishi Ki-46, the Ki-70 had a twin tailed arrangement with a narrow fuselage. The aircraft had an extensively glazed nose and second cockpit facing aft for the gunner.

Specifications (Ha-104M engine)

(Performance estimated except where indicated)

Data from Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War [1]

General characteristics



  • Guns: 1x 12.7mm MG, 1x 7.7mm MG

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era



  1. Francillon 1970, p.258.
  2. Francillon 1970, p.257.


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