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Japan's Nakajima E8N1 reconnaissance; Navy Type 95
Allied code name: Dave

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Nakajima E8N1 reconnaissance:
Japan's Nakajima E8N1 reconnaissance

Design

Nakajima designed the E8N to meet the Imperial Japanese Navy's specifications. Aichi and Kawanishi also submitted monoplane designs but they weren't selected as the E8N was more maneuverable and had better performance.

Production

  • Total: 755
  • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K.
  • Production: ? - 1940

Usage

The E8N was used in the 1930s on cruisers and battleships.

World War II

The E8Ns were used in combat during the first year of the Pacific War. They were then used as trainers and liaison aircraft.

Specifications

  Nakajima E8N1
Type Reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Nakajima Kotobuki 2KAI1
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
Net HP 580
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 36'
Length 28' 11"
Height 12' 7"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 4,189 lb
Performance  
Speed @ 9,845' 186 mph
Climb  
Service ceiling 23,850'
Range 558 miles
Armament 2: MG
Bombs 132 lb

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site