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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, but 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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