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Japan's Mitsubishi A6M2-K, A6M5-K trainers
A6M2 Type 0 Training Fighter Model 11
Type Zero Training Fighter Model 11

Design

Originally some A6M2s in the field were converted in 1942 to two seaters to be used for reconnaissance and command duties.

Specifications for a dedicated trainer was given in 1943. Dai-Nijuichi Kaigun Kokoshu (21st Naval Air Depot) designed the A6M2-K.

The instructor was behind the student. The trainer's seat was where the radio and other equipment was located. The student's part of the cockpit was permanently open.

Dual controls were installed. The fixed tailwheel was larger than the A6M fighters. Wheel covers and the wing cannons were removed to save weight.

A stability fin was added just in front of the horizontal stabilizer.

Production

The first A6M2-K was completed in November 1943.

The first A6M5-K was flown in March 1945.

Variants

  • A6M2-K
  • A6M5-K: Shorter wing.

Usage

The A6M2-K first entered service in early 1944.

Some ended up being used as Kamikaze planes.

Specifications

  Mitsubishi A6M2-K
Type Advanced trainer
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Nakajima N1KC Sakae 12
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling  
Net HP 950
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 39' 4.5"
12 m
Length 30' 0.25"
9.15 m
Height 11' 7.25"
3.53 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 4,010 lb
1,819 kg
Loaded 5,146 lb
2,334 kg
Maximum load 5,792 lb
2,627 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 13,125' /
4,000 m
296 mph
476 kph
Cruising speed 214 mph
344 kph
Climb to 19,685' /
6,000 m
7.9 minutes
Service ceiling 33,400'
10,180 m
Range 857 miles
1,380 km
Armament  
Nose 2: 7.7 mm MG
Bombs - under wings 2: 132 lb
2: 60 kg
OR  
Bomb - under fuselage 1: 551 lb
1: 250 kg
  Mitsubishi A6M5-K
Type Advanced trainer
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Nakajima NK1F Sakae 21
Cylinders  
Cooling  
Net HP 1,130
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 36' 1"
11 m
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. A6M Zero in Action, Shigeru Nohara, 1983
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site