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Mitsubishi 1MF / Type 10


The Mitsubishi 1MF was among the first designs produced for the Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Engine Co. Ltd, set up by the Mitsubishi industrial concern in 1920. The 1MF was one of three types designed by Herbert Smith, formerly of the British Sopwith company to meet requirements issued by the Imperial Japanese Navy for aircraft to equip its first aircraft-carrier (the Hosho). The 1MF1 initial version was an unequal-span single-seat carrier-based fighter biplane, powered by a 223kW Hispano-Suiza 8 engine, which entered production in 1921 as the Navy Type 10-1 Carrier Fighter.

It was followed by the 1MF2, an experimental variant with modified upper-wing ailerons. The series Type 10-2 or 1MF3 had twin Lamblin radiators fitted between the landing gear legs, the Type 10-3 (1MF4) had the pilot's cockpit relocated farther forward and a redesigned tailplane, while the 1MF5A was a version of the 1MF4 with experimental flotation gear. Production of the 1MF series ended in 1928 with the 138th example. The Type 10 proved a tough, reliable fighter and remained in service for a number of years, latterly as an advanced trainer.


Engine: 223kW Hispano-Suiza 8
Max take-off weight: 1279 kg / 2820 lb
Empty weight: 936 kg / 2064 lb
Wingspan: 8.84 m / 29 ft 0 in
Length: 6.93 m / 22 ft 9 in
Height: 3.13 m / 10 ft 3 in
Max. speed: 213 km/h / 132 mph
Armament: 2 x 7.7mm machine-guns


Mitsubishi 1MF / Type 10




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