- Purpose: Single seat carrier-borne and land-based
- Background: The chief fighter of the Imperial Japanese Navy
throughout the Sino-Japanese war. It was the Navy’s first monoplane
fighter, and one of the first all-metal stressed-skin aircraft built in
Japan. It demonstrated excellent speed and maneuverability. Over Nanking in
December 1937, A5M pilots destroyed ten Chinese I-16B fighters for no
Japanese loss. It was produced in four models, A5M1 to A5M4. A total of
1,094 A5M’s and derivatives were built during the period 1937-43.
- Carriers: Akagi, Hosho,
Kaga, Ryujo and Zuiho.
- 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, Oita, Ominato, Omura, Sasebo and Yokosuka Kokutais.
- Specifications (A5M4):
- Maximum speed: 273 mph (440 km/h)
- Climbing speed: 2,790 ft (850 m)/min
- Service Ceiling: 32,800 ft (10,000 m)
- Fuel Capacity: liters (Imperial Gallons, US
- Range: 746 mi (1,200 km) with auxiliary tank
- Armament: 2 X 7.7 mm Type 89 MG, fuselage
mounted, forward of cockpit. Racks for 2 X 66 lb (30 kg) bombs under outer
- Powerplant: One Nakajima Kotobuki 41 (Jupiter)
3-Kai nine-cylinder radial, 710 hp
- Wingspan – 11.0 meters (36 ft., 1 in)
- Wing Area – 17.8m2
(191.6 sq. ft.)
- Length – 7.55 meters (24 ft., 9.50 in)
- Max Takeoff Weight – 1,708 kg (3,763 lbs)
Landing Gear: Main: fixed,
spatted wheels, units attached to underwing surfaces. Tail Wheel: fixed.
- Chant, C, Aircraft of World War Two, Bristol, Dempsey-Parr,
- Gunston, William, Japanese and Italian Aircraft,
New York, Chartwell Books, 1985.
- Francillon, René J., Japanese
Aircraft of the Pacific War, Putnam, 1979 (numerous
revised reprints available from several publishers).
- Parshall, Jon, http://www.combinedfleet.com/kaigun.htm.
An excellent website for
information on the Imperial Japanese Navy.