Nakajima B5N "Kate"


Nakajima B5N2, 1944
Nakajima B5N2 "Kate", 1944
The 144 B5Ns involved in the Pearl HarBor raid contributed greatly to the heavy damage done to the US Navy fleet on Dec. 7th, 1941.
During the following months, the B5N2, as Japan's main torpedo plane, was involved in several carrier battles (Coral Sea, Midway...) which resulted in the sinking of the USS Yorktown, Lexington, Wasp and Hornet.

Development

Nakajima B5N2 Nakajima B5N2
Engine Nakajima Sakae 21 14-cylinder radial 1,115 hp
Weight empty: 2,270 kg (5,005 lb) - loaded: 4,100 kg (9,039 lb)
Armament One defensive 7.7mm gun in the rear cockpit.
Ordnance Three 250 kg (550 lb) bombs, or one 800 kg (1,764 lb) torpedo.
Performance Max speed: 377 km/h (235 mph) Ceiling: 8,250 m (27,067 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
With the Zero, Val, Kate, Wildcat, Dauntless and Avenger, we have everything we need now for some great 1942-1943 "Carrier war" scenarios.

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