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

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  • Nakajima E8N reconnaissance floatplane

Design

Nakajima designed the E8N to meet the Imperial Japanese Navy's specifications to replace the Nakajima E4N2. Aichi and Kawanishi also submitted monoplane designs but they weren't selected as the E8N was more maneuverable and had better performance.

Production

Accepted for production in October 1935.

  • Prototypes: 7
    • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K.
    • Production: 1934
  • Nakajima E8N: 748
    • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K. (700), Kawanishi Kokuki K.K. (48)
    • Production: 1934 - 1940 (Nakajima), 1938 - 1940 (Kawanishi)
  • Total: 755
    • Manufacturer: Nakajima Hikoki K.K.
    • Production: ? - 1940

Variants

  • Type MS: Manufacturer's designation.
  • Nakajima E8N1, Navy Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane Model 1:
  • Nakajima E8N2: Had Kotobuki 2 KAI 2 engine.

Usage

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

Units

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

  E8N1
Type Reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Nakajima Kotobuki 2 KAI 1
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
Net HP 580
Propeller blades 2
Dimensions  
Span 36', 36' 9/32"
10.98 m
Length 28' 10 27/32", 28' 11"
8.81 m
Height 12' 7", 12' 7 3/16"
3.84 m
Wing area 285.243 sq ft
26.5 sq m
Weight  
Empty 2,910 lb
1,320 kg
Loaded 4,189 lb
1,900 kg
Performance  
Speed at 9,845' / 3,000 m 186 mph
162 knots
Speed - Cruising 115 mph
100 knots
Climb to 9,845' / 3,000 m 6 minutes 31 seconds
Service ceiling 23,850'
7,270 m
Range 558 miles
558 statute miles
485 nautical miles
Armament 2: MG
Forward Firing 1: 7.7 mm
Cockpit - Rear 1: 7.7 mm
Bombs 132 lb
2: 66 lb
2: 30 kg
  E8N2
Type Reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Nakajima Kotobuki 2 KAI 2
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
Net HP 630
Propeller blades 2

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, René J Francillon, 1970
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