Mitsubishi B5M

 

1st Flight 1937

The Mitsubishi B5M was an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) land-based attack aircraft, originally intended for carrier use.

The B5M was also given the long formal designation Navy Type 97 No.2 Carrier Attack Bomber.

Allied reporting name of Mabel.

B5M1:Three-seat attack aircraft for the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Specifications

Crew: 3

Length: 10.234 m (33 ft 7 in)

Wingspan: 15.3 m (50 ft 2 in)

Height: 4.32 m (14 ft 2 in)

Wing area: 37.95 m2 (408.5 sq ft)

Max takeoff weight: 4,000 kg (8,818 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi MK8 Kinsei 43 14-cylinder air-cooled twin-row radial piston engine, 750 kW (1,000 hp)

Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 379 km/h (235 mph, 205 kn) at 2,200 m (7,218 ft)

Range: 2,350 km (1,460 mi, 1,270 nmi)

Service ceiling: 8,260 m (27,100 ft)

Armament

Guns: 2 × fixed, forward-firing 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Type 97 aircraft machine guns mounted in wings, 1 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Type 92 machine gun in flexible mount in rear cockpit

Bombs: up to 1,000 kg (2,204 lb) of bombs carried externally.

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