The Nakajima Ki-27 (九七式戦闘機, Type 97 Fighter) was the main fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force up until 1940. Its Allied nickname was "Nate". The Ki-27 made its first flight on 15 October 1936. Although it had a slower top speed and worse climb performance than its competitors, the Army chose the Nakajima design for its outstanding turning ability granted by its remarkably low wing loading. The Ki-27 was the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force's main fighter until the start of World War II.
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Aces of the Pacific: The Nakajima Ki-27 Nate was the JAAF's first modern monoplane fighter. Light, agile and touchy, the Nate carried only two machineguns as its armament. It was replaced by the Ki-43 Oscar.