Mitsubishi K7M

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Mitsubishi K7M
K7M-1.jpg
Role Experimental crew trainer
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
First flight 1938
Primary user Imperial Japanese Navy
Number built 2

The Mitsubishi K7M (or Mitsubishi Ka-18) was a 1930s Japanese experimental crew trainer built by Mitsubishi for the Imperial Japanese Navy to replace the K3M.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The K7M was a cantilever high-wing monoplane with a cabin for five students and two instructors,[1] and was of metal construction, with fabric-covered outer wings.[2] The K7M was powered by two 340 hp (254 kW) Gasuden Tempu radial piston engines.[1] The Navy decided the twin-engined type was too costly to replace the single-engined K3M and the type was not developed further, the two prototypes did enter service as trainers with the designation K7M1.[1]

Operators[edit]

 Japan

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 5 students, 2 instructors.
  • Length: 13.23 m (43 ft 5 in) [2]
  • Wingspan: 19.96 m (65 ft 6 in) [2]
  • Height: 3.45 m (11 ft 4 in) [2]
  • Empty weight: 2,558 kg (5,640 lb) [2]
  • Gross weight: 3,810 kg (8,400 lb) [2]
  • Powerplant: 2 × Gasuden Tempu radial piston engine, 250 kW (340 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 260 km/h (162 mph; 140 kn)
  • Range: 950 km; 513 nmi (590 mi) [2]

Armament

  • Guns: 2 × 7.7mm (0.303in) machine-gun
  • Bombs: up to 90kg (198lb)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Orbis 1985, pp. 2519-2520
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Air Pictorial January 1970, p. 29.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Richards, M.C. (1970). "Your Questions Answered...:Mitsubishi Trainers". Air Pictorial (January 1970): 0. 29. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.