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The Kawasaki C-1

Mon Dec 20, 2004 8:46 am

Hey folks,

I have noticed a few threads on Japanese aircraft and I remember a design, the C-1. However I don't know much about it, what it was powered by. From what I remember it looked like a C-141 on a diet. Was it a good airplane? Could it have been re-engined with CFMs and brought to the civillian market?

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RE: The Kawasaki C-1

Mon Dec 20, 2004 8:50 am

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RE: The Kawasaki C-1

Mon Dec 20, 2004 9:57 am

From what I remember it looked like a C-141 on a diet.

Good description.  Smile Yes, it's basically a twin-engined C-141 "Mini-Me"...or a 328Jet on steroids, depending how you look at it.

As for its limited success, from what I've heard it's an underpowered dog. Nice looking little plane, though.
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RE: The Kawasaki C-1

Mon Dec 20, 2004 6:43 pm

Basically I think it was a nifty aircraft. All of the Japanese and license built US designs are top-notch.

But for the same money at 100 mph slower the C-130 would give you more bang for your buck. . . So why bother?

Besides I do not think Japan is allowed to export any military equipment so the only customer was the JASDF. And in that era there was a push to revive the Japanes aircraft industry by producing indigenous designs.

As far as commercial uses it would be expensive to operate if only 31 were built. . .

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