- Nakajima B5N2 “Kate”
- Purpose: Three seat carrier borne and land-based torpedo
and level bomber.
- Background: Designed to meet a 1934 requirement, the first two
prototypes flew in January 1937. The initial B5N1 version was being replaced
by 1941 with the B5N2, with a more powerful engine. B5N production totaled
- Specifications: (Note
- Maximum speed: 235 mph (378 km/h).
- Climbing speed: 3,000m (9,845 ft) in 7 minutes, 40 seconds.
- Service Ceiling: 8,260m (27,100 ft)
- Range: 980 km (609 mi)
- Armament: Two forward firing 7.7mm machine guns, and one or two
7.7mm trainable Type 89 machine gun in rear cockpit. External variable
bomb load, or one torpedo, to a maximum of 800 kg (1,764 lbs).
- Powerplant: One 1,115 hp Nakajima Sakae 21 radial engine.
Wingspan – 15.52 m (50 ft., 11 in)
Wing Area – 37.69 m2 (405.7 sq ft)
Length – 10.3 m (33 ft., 9.5 in)
Height – 3.7 m (12 ft., 1.75 in)
Max Takeoff Weight – 4,100 kg (9,039 lbs)
Landing Gear: Main:
Wing-mounted, hydraulically retracted. Tail Wheel: Fixed. Arrester Hook:
Flush with fuselage, just forward of tail wheel.
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Some references vary in detail. Data provided is in accordance with
the most prevalent information. Observations and suggestions are welcome.