/ Mitsubishi G3M
The Mitsubishi G3M, Type 96 land-based attack aircraft, was a Japanese bomber and transport aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service during World War II.
Prototype with either Hiro Type 91 (559 kW/750 hp), Mitsubishi Kinsei 2 (619 kW/830 hp), or Mitsubishi Kinsei 3 (679 kW/910 hp) engines and glass or solid nose, 21 built.
Redesignated prototypes powered by Hiro Type 91 or Mitsubishi Kinsei engines, glass nose.
G3M1 Model 11
Land-based attack bomber navy Type 96 first series model.
Major extension of the cabin with a revised cover, some with fixed-pitch propeller, 34 built.
G3M1 converted into an armed or unarmed military transport version and powered by Mitsubishi Kinsei 45 (802 kW/1,075 hp) engines.
G3M2 Model 21
More powerful engines and increased fuel capacity, dorsal turret; 343 constructed by Mitsubishi, 412 G3M2 and G3M3 manufactured by Nakajima.
G3M2 Model 22
Upper and belly turrets substituted for one upper turret, glass side positions. 238 built.
G3M3 Model 23
More powerful engines and increased fuel capacity for longer range, constructed by Nakajima.
L3Y1 Model 11
Transport navy Type 96, advanced conversion of G3M1 armed transport, built by Yokosuka.
L3Y2 Model 12
Modification of G3M2 with Mitsubishi Kinsei engines, built by Yokosuka.
Mitsubishi twin-engined transport
Around two dozen G3M2 Model 21 bombers converted for use by civil operators such as Nippon Koku K.K..
One of the twin engined transports converted to carry out a round the world flight in 1939 on behalf of the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.
16.45 m (54 ft 0 in)
25 m (82 ft 0 in)
3.68 m (12 ft 1 in)
75 m2 (810 sq ft)
4,965 kg (10,946 lb)
8,000 kg (17,637 lb)
3,874 l (852.2 imp gal; 1,023.4 US gal)
2 × Mitsubishi Kinsei 14-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engines, 791 kW (1,061 hp) each
375 km/h (233 mph, 202 kn)
280 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn)
4,400 km (2,700 mi, 2,400 nmi)
9,200 m (30,200 ft)
Rate of climb
6 m/s (1,200 ft/min)
1× 20 mm (0.79 in) Type 99 cannon in rear dorsal turret
4× 7.7 mm (0.30 in) Type 92 machine gun in cockpit, left and right side positions, and in retractable forward dorsal turret.
800 kg (1,800 lb) of bombs or one aerial torpedo.
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