Yokosuka E6Y

Yokosuka E6Y Type 91

February 26, 2016 PE Matt 0

The Japanese had observed with interest attempts in the west to create submarine-launched aircraft. The Japanese Navy had a particular interest in developing this capability in order to extend the reconnaissance capability of their submarines […]

Mitsubishi Ki-46 Type 100 “Dinah”

February 15, 2016 PE Matt 0

In December 1937 the Japanese Army began a process to replace the Ki-15 reconnaissance aircraft which was proving to be so capable during the China Incident. The specifications were relatively liberal, with the requirement simply […]

Mitsubishi Ki-20 Type 92

February 11, 2016 PE Matt 0

The Mitsubishi Ki-20 design was descended from the German Junkers G.38 airliner. The G.38 was the largest land-based aircraft in the world and it was thought it might make a good heavy bomber. Junkers own […]

Mitsubishi B5M Type 97-2 “Mabel”

February 8, 2016 PE Matt 0

In 1935 the Japanese Navy issued a request for a new torpedo bomber to replace the inadequate Yokosuka B3Y and B4Y models then available. Mitsubishi put forward a design for a conventional monoplane with fixed […]

Nakajima C3N Type 97

January 27, 2016 PE Matt 0

In 1935 the Japanese Navy issued their 10-Shi requirements for two new carrier based aircraft, a torpedo bomber and a reconnaissance plane. The torpedo bomber design created by Nakajima became the famous B5N, but the […]

Mitsubishi Ki-51 Type 99 “Sonia”

November 5, 2015 PE Matt 0

In December 1937 the Japanese Army requested that Mitsubishi work on a development of their Ki-30 light bomber, with an emphasis on creating a new light bomber that could operate from advanced airfields very close […]

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 […]

Kawasaki Ki-48 Type 99 “Lily”

October 29, 2015 PE Matt 0

Inspired by their experience meeting the Soviet Tupolev SB-2 high-speed bomber over China, the Japanese Army issued a request in 1937 for a new twin-engined light bomber with equivalent performance. Kawasaki, who were at that […]

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 […]

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