Mitsubishi F1M Type 0 “Pete”

November 3, 2015 PE Matt 0

In 1934 the Japanese Navy issued request for a new observation seaplane, to fly from battleships and cruisers and perform gunfire spotting duties. Existing seaplanes were primarily reconnaissance types, tasked with finding the enemy in […]

Seversky P-35

October 14, 2015 PE Matt 0

Developed from a series of unsuccessful trainer types, the Seversky P-35 shared many of the characteristics of these earlier designs but with a new engine and additional features including retractable landing gear. The design failed […]

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Kawanishi H6K Type 97 “Mavis”

October 7, 2015 PE Matt 4

The Japanese Navy’s requirements for new aircraft in 1934 included a request for a new long-range, multi-engined reconnaissance flying boat capable of patrolling the huge distances of the Pacific Ocean. Kawanishi, building on their experience […]

Yokosuka E14Y Type 0 “Glen”

September 22, 2015 PE Matt 0

Requested as part of the same 12-Shi requirements, issued in 1937, that produced the A6M Zero, the G4M “Betty” and the E13A, the E14Y was a small seaplane designed to be carried aboard the Imperial […]

Aichi E13A

Aichi E13A Type 0 “Jake”

September 15, 2015 PE Matt 0

The 1937 12-Shi requirements for new naval aircraft included a request for a new reconnaissance seaplane to be carried by cruisers and battleships of the Combined Fleet. This aircraft would replace the E7K and E8N […]

Mitsubishi G4M

Mitsubishi G4M Type 1 “Betty”

September 3, 2015 PE Matt 0

A requirement for a new naval land-based bomber was included in 1937’s 12-Shi program, along with the fighter requirements which resulted in the design of the Mitsubishi A6M ‘Zero’. Mitsubishi assigned Kiro Honjo, who had […]

Aichi D3A

Aichi D3A Type 99 “Val”

August 6, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Imperial Japanese Navy’s 11-Shi requirements for new aircraft, issued in 1936, included a request for a monoplane dive bomber to replace the biplane D1A. Both Nakajima and Aichi produced designs but it was the […]

Nakajima B5N

Nakajima B5N Type 97 “Kate”

August 5, 2015 PE Matt 0

In 1935 the year’s 10-Shi requirements included a request by the IJN for a new torpedo bomber to replace the B3Y Type 92, and the interim B4Y Type 96, which were both considered to be […]

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Mitsubishi A6M Type 0 “Zeke/Hamp”

August 4, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Mitsubishi A6M was designed by the legendary aircraft engineer Jiro Hirokoshi in response to the Japanese’s Navy’s 12-Shi requirement for a new carrier fighter to replace the A5M Type 96. The request called for […]

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