Kawasaki T-4

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T-4
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Kawasaki T-4 landing at Hamamatsu (2010)
Role Intermediate trainer aircraft
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Kawasaki
First flight July 29, 1985
Introduction 1988
Primary user Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Produced +208

The Kawasaki T-4 is a Japanese subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. In addition to training duties it is used by the JASDF's Blue Impulse aerobatic team.[1] The first XT-4 prototype flew on July 29, 1985. The first production aircraft was delivered in 1988.

Design and development[edit]

In November 1981, Kawasaki was selected as main contractor to design and produce an aircraft relating to the MT-X program. This program was launched to replace the Lockheed T-33[2] and Fuji T-1 jet trainer aircraft in service in the Japan Air Self Defense Force.[3] The initial program planned a run of 220 aircraft and entry into service in 1988.[4] The first production T-4 flew on 28 June 1988 and deliveries to the JASDF began in September 1988.

Fighter units of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force are equipped with T-4s as trainer/liaison aircraft.

Variants[edit]

  • XT-4: Prototype. 4 built.
  • T-4: 208 built.[5]

Operators[edit]

T-4 at Chitose Air Base (2013)
 Japan

Accidents[edit]

  • Aircraft 16-5654 was written off on March 12, 1991.[6]
  • Aircraft 06-5653 crashed off Hokkaido on July 1, 1991 with one fatality.[7][8]
  • Blue Impulse aircraft 46-5727 and 46-5720 were both destroyed on July 4, 2000.[9][10][11] Three crew were killed.[12]
  • Blue Impulse aircraft 46-5731 and 46-5745 collided during a January 29, 2014 training flight near Matsushima. Both aircraft safely returned to base.[13][14]

Specifications (T-4)[edit]

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide

General characteristics

Performance

Armament
Two hardpoints for external fuel tanks

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blue Impulse aerobatic team aerobaticteams.net Retrieved February 4, 2017
  2. ^ T-4 Intermediate Trainer Kawasaki Heavy industries Retrieved February 4, 2017
  3. ^ Kawasaki T-4 Basic and advanced trainer Military-Today Retrieved February 4, 2017
  4. ^ "Actualités du monde aérospatial : Japon" [News of the world aerospace: Japan]. Le moniteur de l'aéronautique (in French). 49: 9. November 1981. 
  5. ^ Kawasaki T-4 Subsonic Intermediate Jet Trainer Military Factory Retrieved February 8, 2017
  6. ^ Aircraft accident 12-Mar-1991 T-4 06-5653 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  7. ^ Aircraft accident 01-Jul-1991 T-4 06-5653 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  8. ^ Japan Ejection History Retrieved February 5, 2017
  9. ^ Aircraft accident 04-Jul-2000 T-4 46-5727 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  10. ^ Aircraft accident 04-Jul-2000 T-4 46-5720 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  11. ^ Blue Impulse planes missing July 5, 2000 Japan Times Retrieved February 5, 2017
  12. ^ ASDF base resumes aerobatics training after crash-prompted hiatus March 13, 2001 Japan Times Retrieved February 5, 2017
  13. ^ Aircraft accident 29-Jan-2014 T-4 46-5731 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  14. ^ Aircraft accident 29-Jan-2014 T-4 46-5745 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017