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Japan's Nakajima G8N Renzan bomber;
Allied code name: Rita

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Nakajima G8N Renzan bomber:
Japan's Nakajima G8N Renzan bomber

Design

After the failure of the G5N the Imperial Japanese Navy decided to try to build another four engine bomber.1 It was to be able to fly deep into Allied territory to carry out its missions.1 In February 1943 Nakajima was asked to come up with a design for the bomber.1 The bomber was to be able to go 370 mph, carry 8,000 lbs of bombs, fly 4,600 miles, and climb to 26,000' in 10 minutes.1

The G8N was an all metal design.1

Wings

The wings were midway up the fuselage.1

Landing Gear

The G8N used a tricycle landing gear.1

Defensive Armament

Armament was mounted in the sides, and in turrets located forward, in the back, in the belly, and in the tail.1

Prototype

In late 1944 the prototype of the G8N1 first appeared.1

Production

Initially production was to make 64 bombers by September 1945.1 Due to shortages of strategic materials the project was cancelled.1

  • Total: 41
    • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K.1

Usage

After World War II

The United States conducted tests on a captured G8N after the war and found that it had good performance.1

Specifications

  Nakajima G8N11
Type Bomber1
Crew 101
Engine (Type) 4: Nakajima NK9K-L Homare 241
Cylinders Radial 181
Cooling Air1
Net HP 2,000 each1
Propeller blades 4 metal1
Dimensions  
Span 106' 9"1
Length 75' 3"1
Height 23' 7"1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 70,897 lb1
Performance  
Speed @ 26,245' 368 mph1
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 33,465'1
Range 4,639 miles1
Armament 4: MG1
6: 20 mm1
Bombs 8,818 lb1

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site