Nakajima B6N

The Nakajima B6N Tenzan (Allied reporting name: Jill) was the standard torpedo bomber of Imperial Japanese Navy for the final years of World War II. It was a development of the Nakajima B5N and replaced that aircraft in service. Although an effective torpedo bomber, by the time it reached service, the US Navy had achieved air superiority over the Pacific, and the type never really had the opportunity to display its full potential.

Nakajima B6N
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Nakajima Aircraft Company
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1941
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Japan 1944 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Nakajima Aircraft Company 1268 View

Role Torpedo bomber
Manufacturer Nakajima Aircraft Company
First flight 14 March 1941
Introduction August 1943
Retired 1945
Primary user Imperial Japanese Navy
Number built 1268


General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 10.87 m (35ft 8in)
  • Wingspan: 14.89 m (48ft 10in)
  • Height: 3.80 m (12ft 6in)
  • Wing area: 37.2 m (400 ft)
  • Empty weight: 3,010 kg (6,636 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 5,200kg (11,460 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,650kg (12,460 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Mitsubishi Kasei 25 radial engine, 1,380 kW (1,850 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 468 km/h (291 mph)
  • Range: 2,960 km (1,840 mi)
  • Service ceiling 9,040 m (29,660 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8 m/s (1,570 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 139 kg/m (29 lb/ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.27 kW/kg (0.16 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns: 1 x 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun in engine cowling and 1 x 7.7mm Type 92 firing through ventral tunnel
  • Bombs: 1 x 800 kg (1,760 lb) torpedo or 3 x 250 kg (550 lb) bombs

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