U.S. Navy. Via Francillon (1979)
|Dimensions||33'3" by 49'3" by 14'3"
15m by 10.15m by 4.36m
|Wing area||538 square feet
50 square meters
|Climb rate||47.4 feet per second
|Service ceiling||19,685 feet
|Power plant||1 700 hp (522 kW) Nakajima
nine-cylinder radial engine driving a two-bladed propeller
|Armament||1 flexible 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun in rear of cockpit|
||1 1760-lb (800 kg) torpedo or 1 1100 lb (500 kg) bomb|
|Production||A total of 205 aircraft by 1938, mostly at Mitsubishi - Nagoya.|
"Jean" was a Japanese
torpedo bomber in the same class as the British Swordfish.
Designed by Kawasaki Sanae to meet a 1934 requirement, it used the
efficient wings of the E7K1 "Alf"
and the prototype first flew ino late 1935. Production began in
November 1936 and the aircraft remained part of the air groups of
Japanese carriers until 1940, seeing service over China.
Navy expected that the Japanese would be flying this sort of
aircraft off of their carriers
broke out, but "Jean" had already been relegated to training units, and was probably
never encountered by the Western Allies
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