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Rules on how to use this piece in HBG's Global War Game.
The KU-8 was essentially a stripped down Ki-59 transport. The Ku-8 carried 18-20 troops. Around 700 were built during the war.
Purchase: Gliders must be placed at a factory when produced
Movement: Gliders move with their base unit, which must be either a strategic bomber (unless stated otherwise) or an air transport. Such an aircraft has its range reduced by 2 when towing a glider. A glider can otherwise move “1” in non-combat movement. A glider remains in the zone it attacks and does not return with the towing unit.
Transporting Units: A glider can transport 1 infantry in combat movement. That infantry need not be an airborne but may not be a mechanized infantry.
Attack: Gliders must be delivered to their destination and have no combat move of their own. Upon reaching their destination they and their towing aircraft are subject to AA fire. After AA fire, Gliders land in the zone and units from them can participate in the attack. Units attacking from a glider may not retreat. Gliders are destroyed if the territory is not captured by the attacking units.
Restrictions: Gliders may never be launched from a carrier.
As base unit
Glider: The Ku-8 Glider may deliver 1 infantry units.
Availability: 1942 (Turn 5)
The Kokusai Ku-8-II (Kokusai Type 4 Special Transport Glider) was a Japanese military glider used during the Second World War. The glider was essentially a Kokusai Ki-59, with the engines and fuel tanks removed and a modified undercarriage. It was given the Allied code name Goose and later Gander. It could carry eighteen troops, or 1500 kg of cargo and two crew.
Design of the Ku-8-II began in December 1941
A Ku-8-II version was produced in 1944 that used a tubular steel frame structure, and had a hinged nose that could be opened to the side allow loading. Also, its capacity was increased slightly to carry twenty troops. In total, approximately 700 were built. They were used operationally in the Philippines, primarily to carry supplies.
- Capacity: 20 troops
- Length: 13.31 m (43 ft 8 in)
- Wingspan: 23.20 m (76 ft 1 in)
- Gross weight: 3,500 kg (7,720 lb)
- Maximum speed: 224 km/h (140 mph)
- Range: 300 km (190 miles)