Mitsubishi 1MF

 

1st Flight 1921

The Mitsubishi 1MF was a Japanese carrier fighter aircraft of the 1920s.

Designed for the Mitsubishi Aircraft Company by the British aircraft designer Herbert Smith, the 1MF, also known as the Navy Type 10 Carrier Fighter was operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1923 to 1930.

Variants

1MF1

Initial prototype.

Fitted with car-type radiator on front of nose.

Navy designation Navy Type 10-1 Carrier Fighter.

1MF1A

Experimental version with increased wing area.

Navy designation Navy Type 10-1 Carrier Fighter.

1MF2

Experimental prototype with two bay wing.

Navy designation Navy Type 10-1 Carrier Fighter.

1MF3

Production version with Lamblin radiators under nose replacing original car-type radiators.

Navy designation Navy Type 10-2 Carrier Fighter.

1MF4

Revised production version with cockpit moved forwards.

Navy designation Navy Type 10-2 Carrier Fighter.

1MF5

Minor changes. Navy designation Navy Type 10-2 Carrier Fighter.

1MF5A

Carrier trainer version with jettisonable wheeled undercarriage and floats under wings to allow safe ditching.

Navy designation Navy Type 10-2 Carrier Fighter.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 in)

Wingspan: 8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)

Height: 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)

Empty weight: 940 kg (2,072 lb)

Gross weight: 1,280 kg (2,822 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi Hi V-8 water-cooled piston engine, 224 kW (300 hp)

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 213 km/h (132 mph, 115 kn)

Endurance: 2½ hours

Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Time to altitude: 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in 10 minutes

Power/mass: 0.18 kW/kg (0.11 hp/lb)

Armament

Guns: 2 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) machine guns.

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