Nakajima E8N2 "Dave"
||2 in open tandem cockpits
|Dimensions||36' by 28'11" by 12'8"
10.98m by 8.81m by 3.86m
|Speed||186 mph at 9845 feet
300 km/h at 3000 meters
|Climb rate||25 feet per second
7.6 meters per second
|Wing area||285.2 square feet
26.50 square meters
|Power plant||One 630 hp (470 kW) Nakajima Kotobuki 2 KAI 2 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine driving a two-blade propeller.|
|Armament||One forward-firing 7.7mm Type 92 machine
One flexible rear-firing 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun.
|External stores||2 66 lb (30kg) bombs|
|Production||A total of 755 aircraft between 1934 and 1940.|
||The E8N1 used a 580 hp Kotobuki
2 KAI 1.
Also known as the Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane,
"Dave" was designed in response to a 1933
specification for a light reconnaissance seaplane to replace the E4N2. Aichi and Kawanishi entered
low-wing monoplane designs, while Nakajima designed a modernized
version of the E4N2. The design team for Nakajima, led by Matsuo
Kishiro, reduced the wing area and modified the tail, completing a
prototype in march 1934. The resulting E8N1 ouitmaneuvered and
outhandled Kwanishi's E8K1 and Aichi's E8A1 and was selected for
production in October 1935. The aircraft performed well in combat and
even won a few dogfights with Chinese
fighters. It was also occasionally
pressed into service as a dive
"Dave" was still operating from warships at the outbreak of war in the Pacific, but was being replaced by the Jake.
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