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Nakajima J5N Tenrai

 

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Designed by Katsuji Nakamura and Kazuo Ohno and built to an 18-Shi specification for a high-speed single-seat interceptor fighter, the Nakajima J5N1 Tenrai (Heavenly Thunder) began flight tests in July 1944.

A mid-wing monoplane with a raised canopy over the pilot's cockpit, it was powered by two 1484kW Nakajima NK9H Homare 21 radials and had a maximum speed of 597km/h. Armament comprised two 30mm and two 20mm cannon.

Six aircraft were built, four were lost in crashes or on the ground and none were used operationally. As performance was disappointingly below specification no production resulted.

Nakajima J5N "Tenrai"
Engines: 2 x Nakajima NK9H "Homare-21", 1484kW
Max. speed: 597 km/h / 371 mph
Armament: 2 x 30mm cannons, 2 x 20mm cannons
Crew: 1

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