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KJT-1

Shin Meiwa Industry

In 1955, RAF Flying Review published an article on the five jet trainer designs competing for orders from the Japanese Air Defense Force. We find there:

  • The Fuji FJT-51
  • The Fuji FJT-21
  • The Mitsubishi JTM-1
  • The Kawasaki-Gifu KAT-2
  • The Shin Meija KJT-1

The Shin Meiwa KJT-1 basic trainer was designed for two 900 lb. thrust Marbore's ( or alternatively,  the Allison J33 turbojet ). The turbojets would be mounted side-by-side in the fuselage, were fed via lateral intakes and exhaust under the rear fuselage.

The KJT-1 had an estimated maximum speed of 478 m.p.h. and an endurance of 2.2 hours cruising at 311 m.p.h. at 26,250 ft.

The crew of two were seated side-by-side.