Mitsubishi F1M

 

1st Flight 1941

The Mitsubishi F1M was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II.

 It was the last biplane type of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with 944 built between 1936 and 1944.

The Navy designation was, Type Zero Observation Seaplane.

Variants

F1M1 – Prototypes, Four built.

F1M2 – Two-seat reconnaissance floatplane for the Imperial Japanese Navy.

F1M2-K – Two-seat training version.

Specifications

Crew: 2

Length: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)

Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)

Height: 4 m (13 ft 1 in)

Wing area: 29.5 m2 (318 sq ft)

Empty weight: 1,928 kg (4,251 lb)

Gross weight: 2,550 kg (5,622 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 2,856 kg (6,296 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi MK2C Zuisei 13 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 652 kW (875 hp) for take-off

600 kW (800 hp) at 3,500 m (11,500 ft)

Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed: 370 km/h (230 mph, 200 kn) at 3,440 m (11,290 ft)

Range: 740 km (460 mi, 400 nmi)

Service ceiling: 9,440 m (30,970 ft)

Time to altitude: 5,000 m (16,000 ft) in 9 min 36 sec

Wing loading: 86.3 kg/m2 (17.7 lb/sq ft)

Power/mass: 0.156 hp/lb (0.256 kW/kg)

Armament

Guns:

2 × fixed forward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 97 aircraft machine guns

1 × flexible rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 92 machine gun

Bombs: 2 × 60 kg (132 lb) bombs (1 × 250 kg bomb for suicidal missions).

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