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B5M “Mabel”, Japanese Torpedo Bomber


Photoraph of B5M Mabel

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Mitsubishi B5M1 "Mabel"


Specifications:


Crew 3
Dimensions       33'10" by 50'3"
15.3m by 10.23m
Weight 8818 lbs
4000 kg
Speed 237 mph at 7220 feet
381 km/h at 2200 m
Power plant 1 1000 hp (746 kW) Mitsubishi Kinsei 43 engine driving a three-blade propeller
Armament 1 7.7mm Type 92 rear cockpit machine gun
External stores     
1 1760 lb (800 kg) torpedo or 1760 lbs (800 kg) of bombs
Range 1367 miles
2200 km
Production 125 aircraft

"Mabel" came into production at about the same time as the B5N "Kate", and initially was favored by the Japanese Navy. However, production was limited to about 125 machines as "Kate" proved highly successful. A few "Mabels" saw combat operations in southeast Asia before being relegated to training duties.


References

Francillon (1979)



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