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Aichi E16A Zuiun


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The E16A ("Auspicious Cloud") floatplane was devised as a direct successor to the E13A "Jake" series. The E16A has crew accommodations for a pilot and a rear-cockpit gunner. Pontoons were fitted underside in place of traditional landing gears. Standard armament was 2 x 20mm forward-fixed cannons in the wings and a single 7.7mm machine gun for the rear gunner. An under fuselage position was utilized for strike runs, though the primary use of the aircraft was of carrier-based reconnaissance.

The first prototype flew in 1942, entering service in 1943, and first saw service during the Philllipines campaign. The E16A was intended as a reconnaissance type, but was often used as a ground attack aircraft and dive bomber. Allied code named ‘Paul’.

The Aichi E16A was powered by a single Mitsubishi three-blade MK8D Kinsei 54 14-cylinder radial piston engine and could achieve a service ceiling of nearly 33,000 feet while reaching speeds of over 270 miles per hour. 256 total examples of the E16A were ever produced and of only made up of the single E16A-1 model designation.

 

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E16A Zuiun (Paul)
Engine: 1 x Mitsubishi MK8D Kinsel 54 14-cylinder radial
Length: 35.53ft (10.83m)
Wingspan: 42.03ft (12.81m)
Height: 15.72ft (4.79m)
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 10,053lbs (4,560kg)
Maximum Speed: 273mph (439kmh; 237kts)
Maximum Range: 1,491miles (2,400km)
Service Ceiling: 32,808ft (10,000m)
Armament:
2 x 20mm cannon (forward-firing fixed in wings)
1 x 7.7mm machine gun in rear cockpit position
Accommodation: 2
Hardpoints: 1


E16A1
Max speed: 280 mph
Range: 600 miles
Crew: 2
Armament: 2 x 20mm cannon, 1 x 13.2mm mg
Bombload: 2 x 550 lb

E16A2
Engine: 1 x Mitsubishi MK8D Kensei-54, 975kW
Wingspan: 12.81 m / 42 ft 0 in            
Length: 10.83 m / 35 ft 6 in
Height: 4.79 m / 15 ft 9 in                
Wing area: 28.0 sq.m / 301.39 sq ft
Take-off weight: 4553 kg / 10038 lb        
Empty weight: 2945 kg / 6493 lb
Max. speed: 435 km/h / 270 mph            
Cruise speed: 330 km/h / 205 mph
Ceiling: 10000 m / 32800 ft            
Crew: 2
Armament: 2 x 20mm cannons, 1 x 13mm machine-gun, 250kg of bombs

 

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