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Yokosuka P1Y Ginga


Requiring a fast medium bomber for dive-bombing, low-altitude bombing or torpedo attack, the Imperial Japanese Navy instructed the Yokosuka First Naval Air Technical Arsenal in 1940 to begin design of such an aircraft. The resulting Yokosuka P1Y prototype flown in August 1943 was a mid-wing, all-metal monoplane, powered by two Nakajima NK9B Homare 11 radial engines. Its performance was satisfactory, but the P1Y suffered from maintenance problems that plagued its service life. All remedial attempts failed, delaying until early 1945 the entry into service of the Navy Bomber Ginga Model 11, coded named Francis.
Production totalled 1098, built by Kawanishi (96) and Nakajima (1002), and if there had been adequate manpower to service these aircraft before each operational sortie they would have proved formidable adversaries. This was not possible and as a result the Ginga (Milky Way), allocated the Allied codename 'Francis', was tried unsuccessfully in a variety of alternative roles; its brief operational life of only six months was terminated by the end of the Pacific war.

Engines: 2 x Nakajima Homare-21, 1370kW
Max take-off weight: 10500 kg / 23149 lb
Empty weight: 7265 kg / 16017 lb
Wingspan: 20.0 m / 66 ft 7 in
Length: 15.0 m / 49 ft 3 in
Height: 4.3 m / 14 ft 1 in
Wing area: 55.0 sq.m / 592.01 sq ft
Max. speed: 550 km/h / 342 mph
Cruise speed: 380 km/h / 236 mph
Ceiling: 9400 m / 30850 ft
Range w/max.fuel: 4650 km / 2889 miles
Range w/max.payload: 1900 km / 1181 miles
Crew: 3
Armament: 2 x 20mm cannons
Bombload: 1000kg

Yokosuka P1Y Ginga



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